Every two months, casaBASE welcomes an artist selected alongside Illustri. The creative output of the residency then becomes the poster for our magazine. The illustrator of February/March’s posterzine is Elena Xausa, who talks us through her creative inspirations with the help of a few cherished objects.
“I like to surround myself with objects that set off creative links when you least expect it. The first object in my WunderKit is Carelman’s “Catalogues d’objects introuvables”. I enjoy contrasting images: taking what we are used to seeing and transforming it. Carelman’s objects are a pataphysical game of surrealism and humour, two aspects that I find fundamental in my approach to illustration. I also brought a compass with me, which is a metaphor for tracing graphic grids, being obsessed with aesthetic balance while also being conscious of how to break it and break free.
Another essential item are my shoes, which are basically all sneakers. They represent just how little I care about what is considered “feminine”, but they are also a reminder of the path I have trodden. When I have to throw them out, I freak out so much that I have to take a photo of them as a thank you for having carried me this far.
The last object – apart from my “to do list”, which I couldn’t live without – is a piece of rope from my dad’s hardware store. It symbolises the fact that you don’t need to come from a family of artists to follow a creative profession. Your environment can serve as inspiration, but you don’t absorb creativity by osmosis; it’s your attitude, your dedication and the love that you put into your work that make things happen. I, personally, would never have thought I would become an illustrator. It was a teacher of mine who helped me realise that this could be a job. The first illustrators who captured my imagination? James Jarvis and Geoff McFetridge.”