Océane Muller’s bizarre illustrations are inspired by poems, tales and medieval art
Talking about her latest achievements, Océane says that her most appreciated works are always the ones she completed last. A typical scenario for any working creative, really, it’s often hard to look back on your own work and think about it fondly. The three most recent are part of a series of atmospheres, invented together and therefore entitled Set of three. More or less doing what it says on the box, the series is presented with a theatrical, cinema-like border, while dark environments take center stage. The first seems to take place in the sea, the second a bubbling world and the third a land of rainy lava; each has a gemstone creature placed in the center. “I looked for a cinematographic and contemplative aspect, with this idea of having a freeze frame”, she tells It’s Nice That.
Another work, named Troubadour, was born from his research on graphic narration in the context of adapted novels, plays and music. Graphic storytelling is a technique used to grab a reader’s attention visually and spatially, where gestures, space, and structure illustrate the storyline. In this piece, Océane uses minimal text and a cluster of panels to depict flowers falling from her branch, melting until the petals land in a pair of hands. The second part of Troubadour sees a subject cry tears of red, which are jewel-like in composition and bizarrely surreal. “I tried to place the image at the center of my practice by constituting silent narrations on the decomposition of a movement”, she explains; “an action with little or no text.”
In addition, Océane also collaborated with the team of graphic design studio Golgotha for the magazine In Corpore San, designed during his internship there. Accompanying an article titled Net Positive Healing Nature Through Fashion by Thomas Mondemé, the piece is about regenerative agriculture. Of course, Océane brought her personal touch to the illustration: “the fantasy of doing something extremely baroque allowed us to draw inspiration directly from the composition of medieval manuscripts”, she says. This, plus all her work in progress, proves that Océane is an illustrator who knows her own language; it’s imaginative and mature beyond his years, especially for a future graduate.