Time Warp: A Visual Interview Nathalie Pollett
“To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.” So said René Magritte, whose words graphic designer Nathalie Pollett has printed on one of her designs and continuously channels through her work. Born and raised in Brussels, Pollett’s creative studio, Pam et Jenny, produces images that often distort reality and trigger the lift of an eyebrow in pleasant curiosity.
Pollett’s considerable portfolio, which incorporates bold typography, eye-catching colors, and clean compositions, is a mine of slick and savvy digital art. Cryptic collages conceptualize the random, sewing patterns with myriad images; her glitch art reinvents famous portrait paintings by Raphael and Rogier van der Weyden; and she’s lined the streets of Lille, France with psychedelic billboards.
The artist has certainly proven her eye for unconventional digital design, and yet, as she preps for exhibitions across Europe, she has no plan of confining herself strictly to imagery. Projects underway include the creation of a new French design magazine, as well as a capsule collection of leather bags with designer Eric Beauduin. To give justice to Pollett’s unrivaled aesthetics, we asked the graphic artist to answer our questions visually. Her responses display the inner workings of a surrealist mind.