Mathieu Laca

When I was born, I was thirty years old. I learned youth late and by correspondence. My excuse: I grew up stuck between a mother whose softness would make daisies pale by comparison and a father whose temper was as stable as the one of an arena bull. The result: I killed in myself the idea of the world. I shot myself away in my room to read French literature classics with, on my lips, the smile of a bomb layer. I had the morality of Camus’ Outsider and the hope in life of a Nirvana song. I laid down in the field waiting to be decomposed. Failed: I was still alive.

One day, two teachers noticed me and introduced me to art. It was a revelation. To draw. To paint. At last I could be. Pure fantasy. Incidentally, it appeared that I was gay. Since then, I practise regularly. I even corrupted into marriage one of those teachers whose rebellion I was fond of. How mean I am!

Against all expectations, my paintings started to sell. Ha! People snap up my textured faces. Ha! Ha! Every day in the studio, along a big dog sleeping and a husband who makes his mandolin sing, I make my deliciously appalling images and I plan to continue for a very long time. Ha! Ha! Ha!