Beachroad Magazine catch up with Dubai based French artist Anne-Laure ahead of her Pin-Up Girls show at Pro Art Gallery in Jumeirah 1. The Pin-Up Girls are collage based artworks from originals ads sourced on a roadtrip in California and brought back to life with on the streets of Dubai.
Born in France in the 80’s, ALR grew up in London where she completed a degree in fine arts at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art and Design before working in the high-end fashion industry for a few years. In 2004, she moved to Maputo (Mozambique) and then to Dubai in 2010, where she currently lives. ALR usually finds inspiration where her nomadic life leads her, and The Pin Up Project is the result of her Dubai experience so far. Over the last three years, she has been snapping away on her iPhone and building up a collection of images of her vision of this city, the Dubai that only lets itself be discovered by the seasoned resident. Beautifying the mundane has always been part of the artist's practice, so it was only a matter of time before the idea to add 1960's Pin Ups to these backdrops popped up in her mind. However, the full realization of this project only came to life last summer, when, on an off chance, ALR stumbled upon a box of vintage prints of Pin Ups while exiting a thrift store in a small Californian town.
Anne-Laure answers the Beachroad Magazine Q&A //
NAME? // Anne-Laure Roy.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Working in the posh handbags industry...the fashion world quickly got the better of me!
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Personal uber driver...to my kids! And spending as much time as I can in my 'art hut' (with and without kids).
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Art, my other half and our three little monsters!
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Having a job that would require me to learn to use excel.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // A helicopter ride when i was 4.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // This is going to sound cheesy, but it has to be my husband, for his drive and his energy.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A little printed book of all the emails my now husband sent me as a student.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Live your life with a smile on your face and don't ever let anyone tell you that you are not good enough!
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Being unorganised and as a result a little bit messy...but as the saying goes 'creative clutter is better than iddle neatness'!
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Being too organised, and not having any room for creativity or last minute decisions.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Someone with a french accent!
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Rock and roll (old, new and British).
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Roxanne (2 days ago), just because i fell in love with a cover by Annen May Kantereit and Milky chance.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // 99 Francs by Beigbeder.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // 'Que Serais-Je Sans Toi?' By Musso, a French thriller about an art thief!
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Colours and patterns.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Moments before that helicopter ride, back when i was 4, after a failed attempt at swimming.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Anywhere near the sea (rest assured: i have now mastered the art of swimming).
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Take me anywhere far away from the sea and I dry out.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Listening to music (which always involves a lot of crazy dancing and air guitaring).
WHY DUBAI? // Just to prove to myself that you really can't say never ever...
ARE YOU SPORTY? // I need to be active, so I go for runs on the beach track, and oddly enough this is when i get most of my creative ideas.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach. I need water!
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban mostly with shots of rural during the holidays.
CATS OR DOGS? // Cat lady, definitely! Miaow!
COFFEE OR TEA? // I need both Green tea and raw coffee to function on most days.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // When he is in a mood to make me laugh, my other half definitely has the best jokes!
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Saying goodbye to people and places. And it happens everytime we move off to a new adventure.
YOUR MESSAGE? // I am not sure i have one, i like to let my art do the talking as I want everyone and anyone to be able to relate to it.