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Artists•Nathalie Du Pasquier

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Portrait with a hand by Pascal Moscheni

My easel

Nathalie Du Pasquier (b.1957) lives and works in Milan, Italy.

– Home and studio — together or apart?
Right now, we live at the studio. The studio is where I spend my days, my home is where I have breakfast and sleep. Lately, I’ve been spending my days and nights at the studio with my partner George and our dog Pango.

Do you have any daily rituals?
Yes. First, a walk in the morning, then, replying to emails and making errands. If there’s time left before midday, I start painting. In any case, I paint every afternoon from 2pm to 7pm, and sometimes later in the summertime. And when I’m done, it’s time for a drink!

– What is the first art book you remember?
Probably a book published by Skira that my parents — Renaissance enthusiasts — owned.

– What is your studio/creative soundtrack?
I listen to very little music whilst working. Sometimes the radio, otherwise silence suits me.

– What is the favourite thing you have in your studio?
I could say the easel. It’s the only thing that never changes. It was a gift I got in 1988 when I started painting — from my neighbour who was a painter himself and for whom this large easel had become too bulky as he was only making small paintings. I love this easel for its story: this painter, Giuseppe Guarino, was a beautiful soul from another era.

Did you always want to be an artist?
No, I don’t think so. It wasn’t an option at all. I didn’t have any particular talent but I do remember being afraid of what my adult life would look life and if I would end up having a vocation.

– What does a free day look like?
Reading and taking walks — in nature if possible.

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