Born in 1981, Claire Tabouret is a Los Angeles-based artist from France. Known primarily for figurative compositions that challenge viewers while pleasing the eye, many of Tabouret’s paintings feature a florescent layer overlaid with muted tones – pairing the delicate with the acidic. Marrying her creative vision with the UGG brand, the UGG x Claire Tabouret Collection of footwear, clothing, and accessories are unique and beautiful.
Describe a day in the life of Claire Tabouret.
I go to the studio as soon as I wake up. Sometimes I wake up at 6:00 AM; sometimes at 2:00 PM. Painting is really what brings continuity and consistency in my life, but every day is different. When I start a painting, I never know what’s going to happen.
As a brand born on its beaches, tell us what you love most about California since moving to Los Angeles from France.
I love the scale of the city. It’s full of surprises and secrets.
Describe UGG x Claire Tabouret in three words.
Colors, textures, and figures.
How does it FEEL to partner with us again?
It feels exciting to collaborate with UGG. Playing with different constraints than the ones I am used to and finding freedom in these constraints has been very inspiring.
Tell us about the color palette and general inspiration behind the collaboration.
The inspiration behind the collaboration is a big group portrait I painted a few years ago called Sitting, which is all about inhabiting one’s body and finding one’s place in the group; there the woman tend to sit with their legs pressed together, not taking up too much space. The picture emanates a collective strength, a serene tranquility, a form of protest. I was interested in this painting because it has to do with bodies in public space. The clothes and shoes we make will be worn in public space by bodies moving, walking, and sitting, so the image on the clothes echoes these social situations.
Pairing the delicate with the acidic, share the process behind translating your paintings to our silhouettes.
I loved the idea that my paintings might become abstract once printed on different fabrics and textures. If you look closely, you just see colors and fluff; if you take a step back, you start seeing the figures.
Any plans this season?
I am spending the season at my studio painting a new series of work for my next show at Gallery Perrotin in Tokyo. As a result of the isolation we have all experience recently, I am painting mostly self-portraits these days, as I don’t see many people, and I just have myself in the studio. It is a very introspective new body of work…