Photo Credit: Nathalie Delepine
Frederique Feder is a French multidisciplinary artist whose using her life story as inspiration for works fluctuating from drawing, painting, photography, video and installation, to needlework and sculpture. She’s also a relative of the French painter Jacques Emile Blanche.
Alongside her career in fine art, Feder has also been an actress working with Film Directors such as Krzyszt of Kieslowski, Alex de la Iglesia and Beeban Kidron and in the last year has reignited her love for photography and film making, exploring the anonymity of street photography to tell her story via this abstract form and the people she encounters.
It is a privilege to share Frederique’s life and work here:
Describe a typical day for you?
A typical day for me starts with a huge cuddle with my dog Busty, whom I like to call a toddler for life, and a serious stalker.!He is a Yorkshire Terrier who looks like a cartoon dog and consistently manages to puts a smile on my face.
Then I make sure my son Vincent (18 a eap fan and a late sleeper like me) is awake to go to college and I head for the kitchen to have ‘the tea of Longevity’ a white tea from Mariage Frères (my favourite French brand of tea) and a piece of fruit.
After a quick debriefing of the day ahead watching the latest rap music video with my lovely son and a hug from him, I put some music on (currently I’m obsessed with ‘Him & Hi’ by G-eazy & Halsey) and I take a nice hot shower with Moroccan Rose Oil by Reen before FaceTiming my two best friends while I take Busty out.
Then, I head to the streets to take photos, I usually meet a friend for lunch and later, head to my art studio based in Wandsworth where I work until the end of the day. At night, depending on the light, I take street photos again. Around 7 pm I go to my local gym to train and I love to do Tai Chi. It keeps me grounded and in tune with my body. Later I will cook a meal for Vincent while we both share our days.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Being alive, being truthful to myself, and being able to connect on a deeper level with the people I’m choosing to love.
What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
My iPhone which is indispensable, a phone charger, essentials, my perfume from Tocca, a lip balm from L’Occitane, a DXO, a black Pilot ink pen with a notepad, a wooden pebble given by my late mother and my little rose quartz angel.
What are your ambitions in life?
Remaining curious until the day I die.
What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know?
Don’t hang out with people who drag you down. Stick with the loving people, and when you find real happiness in doing something, then keep on doing it and everything will suddenly make sense. Perseverance is key.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully still exploring and expressing myself through video art and photography as well as writing and directing independent films.
What advice would you give a budding filmmaker and artist?
Try to be clear about what you really want to express and stick to your truth.
What do you wish you’d known about motherhood before having kids?
How strong the emotional bond is and how the anxiety never leaves you whatever the age of your child.
Finally, happiness is…
Being surrounded by the people I love in front of a good log fire sharing a simple meal.