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    Ghislain Ayoub

    Ghislain Ayoub

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    Born and raised in France currently living in Brussels, Belgium.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    Probably a representation of the Caravage « Saint Jerome writing » hanging on a friend house wall.
    As a kid I was really impressed by the subject, the ambiance, the silence that emanates from the scene.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Yes, most of the time. As a teenager I attended an Applied Arts school then I was interested in Art History and finally graduating and working in the field of the Antiques Art Market.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    My experience in the field of Decorative Arts brought me the culture that I once lacked.
    It is also what made me discover the different techniques artists have used for centuries.
    This is how I noticed my attraction to metal objects and furnitures. I didn’t know what I was venturing into (!)

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    Frequently it comes from things I am passionate about like natural sciences, Art History, myths, unexplored or fantasized universes so when these universes crossed each other this is the moment I want to create.
    It never takes me a very long time to find a subject and starting to make but the realization always takes more time.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    Working and creating is always fun.
    None of these days pass by without music it’s an essential ingredient so first thing first that’s how it’s begin. I’m not an early bird but I like to work directly after waking up.
    Day times are often devoted to the metal work and when the night comes it’s essentially sculpting wax, 3D modeling or drawing plans.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I like to create objects with clean, raw lines but at the same time highlighting a certain vulnerability, a preciousness.
    I like that contrast, that’s what inspires me most of the time. Stone is hard but can be clear like water, metal can be clean shiny and sharp as well as rusty and bubbly.
    The important thing is to set a play in between these materials, to create a reaction, a dynamic, a story.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    Doing objects that looks like jewelry that would have grown underground.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Don’t expect others to make choices for you.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?


    11. What designers have influenced you ?

    Josef Hoffmann and most of the Wiener Werkstatte members, Marc Duplantier, H.R Giger, Alberto Giacometti

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Too much to make a selection

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    Steve Reich, Zaytoven, Nigo

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?


    15. Is there anything you would like to add ?

    Have a nice day 🙂

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    A nice mango

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Losing my senses

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?


    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    My parents

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    My gold grillz

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Stay true

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


    9. What is the quality you most like in a man person ?


    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman person?


    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    « You know what I’m saying »

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    Time traveling

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    Though question isn’t it ?

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Too early to talk about it I guess.

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    An old tree

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    Where my love is

    17. What is your most treasured possession?


    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?


    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    Searching antique stuffs

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?


    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    Sense of humor and trust

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    Gordon Freeman

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    26. What are your favorite names?

    Strapontin, pediluve,

    27. What is it that you most dislike?


    28. What is your greatest regret?

    I don’t know yet

    29. How would you like to die?

    Probably from laughing too hard

    30. What is your motto?

    Cher Pelo

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