Welcome to the Dior Talks series themed around the sixth edition of Dior Lady Art and hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman. For this year’s event, 12 artists from around the world have participated in a game of metamorphosis by rendering the iconic Lady Dior handbag as a unique piece of art.
Our latest guest, emerging Korean artist Gigisue, combines painting, drawing and video to create singular installations merging figurative and abstract art and personal and political themes. Through her works, she seeks to resolve her own emotional conflicts, notably her relationship with her father, to explore the impact of patriarchy and capitalist society on family ties. Her work reflects happy memories while highlighting the difference between ideals and reality.
A captivating personality and a rising star on the global art scene, Gigisue has participated in contemporary art fairs in Paris, Seattle and Los Angeles. At the 313 Art Project gallery in Seoul in 2018, she presented a solo exhibition entitled Father Still Life, based on a series of still-lifes themed around love and anguish.
For Dior, she reinvents the Lady Dior as an embroidered painting with eclectic motifs. Festooned with silk flowers, the bags are embellished with clusters of skyward-reaching crystals that capture the light, while finishing details include an embroidered shoulder strap and artfully reworked ‘Dior’ lucky charms.
“Through my project, I experienced the beauty of art fusing with fashion as well as the importance of a brand like Dior supporting young artists' creations,” says the artist who in this fascinating podcast talks about the therapeutic creative experience of participating in Dior Lady Art during the pandemic.