Self-taught artist Gregoire A Meyer creates pieces that question what it’s like to be a human spirit existing in the ever-advancing today world. His futuristic artworks are introspective, and at the same time explore our relationship with an environment dominated by technology. We caught up with Gregoire for a peak inside his pixel-filled world.
Could you tell us a bit about your background?
I’m a dancer by profession and (strangely) have no formal training in visual arts.
How did you find your way into creating digital art?
I’ve always been fascinated by visual arts and technology. It’s amazing what tech can do. If used in the right way, it can be an incredible aid to creative possibilities. As we become a more technological society, we also become a more creative society, because many of the rote tasks that used to take up a lot of our time and effort have now been automated.
Furthermore, technology increases our potential to engage in the eyes of experiences that lead to greater creativity.
What are the themes and issues you like to explore?
My works represent various social, emotional and personal perspectives of the complex relationship between the inner self and outer world. I use digital imagery that combines the human advancement and trajectory of the twenty-first century and the deeper, more innate human spirits.
Growing up in a family with diverse ethnicities and cultures has given me a strong sense of the importance of being part of a wider accepting social group. Identity and freedom of expression remain central in my work.
What has been your most significant moment as an artist?
After entering a competition in 2014, one of my works was featured by SEE ME on giant electronic billboards in Time Square NYC and in the W Hotels in NYC. I have to admit I was in total shock.
What are some of the challenges that arise in your process?
The challenges are mainly technical due to the fact that I am completely self-taught.
Is there an overarching feeling or message you hope to give your audience?
Vision, immediacy and ultimately the ability to touch people.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing” – a quote from Socrates.
Do you have a favorite piece of yours?
‘Surface’ – one of my first digital creations.
Why is it your favorite?
The idea comes from the use of water as an element to convey the concept of surfacing and being a surface. I am fascinated by how we bring our identity into being, and the role that those around us play in that process. For me, we surface when we show something of ourselves.
If you could go back in time to when your first began creating art, and offer your younger self one piece of advice, what would that be?
Never stop learning. It is essential to never give up on what you believe in. It’s always important to challenge yourself, experiment and get out of your comfort zone.
See more of Gregoire’s work at www.gregoireameyer.london