Louise Despont. Roman Room, 2014. Graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages; 82.5 x 150 inches. Courtesy the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. © Louise Despont. Featured in the New York Close Up film Louise Despont Draws Deep.
Louise Despont (b. 1983, New York, New York, USA) lives and works between New York and Bali, Indonesia. She uses architectural stencils to create intricate pencil-on-paper drawings in her home and studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
What is the source of inspiration? Filmed in her Tribeca studio as part of ART21: New York Series, this video let us discover many aspects of her artistic practice, including the vast reference library of images that she began collecting in high school and maintains to this day.
Drawn to geometry, energy waves, and universal symbols, Despont’s interests reveal a fascination with underlying patterns and cosmological draughtsmen: Rudolf Steiner, Carl Jung, Agnes Martin, Charles Burchfield, Martin Ramirez, Achilles G. Rizzoli, Adolf Wölfli, Hilma af Klint, Theosophy, Buddhist medical charts, Shaker gift drawings, seismographs, echolocation, mandalas, yantras, Tantric drawings, maps, gardens, fascination in plants, beehives, kilim, ikat, Jantar Mantar, and masks.