kids around #3
Camille Rousseau artist from Amsterdam



Weekendhousekids is happy to introduce you to Raphaelle, who’s 3 and her mother Camille Rousseau born in 1980, in France. They live between Paris and Amsterdam.

Raphaelle loves to play at home and watch her mother paint. Camille is an artist with a broad background who originally studied graphic design and later specialized in film and 3d animation in Arles, she finalized her studies in Central Saint Martins in London, where she completed and MA in communication and design. Her background in art and design informs her artwork, which is poetic and lyrical, rooted in an abstract expression of artistry. She knows how to communicate using different mediums and has collaborated on projects, which range from textiles to mixed media photographs and she also creates abstract pieces of artwork. Her current work is beautiful abstract art of large rocklike formations in earthy tones.




-How do you approach your creative process?
I listen to music and look at many different things.
Nature, authors, designer, painter I surround myself with artists and love the presence of friends, discussion of all sorts.
Then I copy a lot of different natural forms. I draw on my sketch book. I love scrolling down on diverse instagram artist  accounts.
I am addicted to talented people and artist’s biographies. My daughter makes me think differently, fresh eyes and spirit. She has the natural talent that kids have. I have to learn from her eyes. She will teach me more that I can even explain since I learn to draw.
She will teach me to unlearn.


-If you could invite any three artists to a dinner party, who would they be?
It would be Win Wendeers, Picasso and Christo et Jeanne
We would discuss our capacity to make people happier in this new world.



-What music do you listen to while working?
I listen to many things very different Nicolas Jaar / Chopin / Rodolphe Burger / Nils frahm / Debussy / Beethoven / BBKING
Podcast french : france cuture
However  If I paint more than 4 hours when I have to concentrate I stop everything.


-How has becoming a mother changed or informed your work?
Everything has changed I wasn’t able  to work for news commercial commissions but I could only plan my own personal project agenda, I had to drastically be myself.


-If you could collaborate with any artist alive or dead who would it be?
I would collaborate with my brother on an architectural monumental structure or a musicien like Nicolas Jaar or a classical musicien.



-If you could have invented any object in the world, what would it be and why?
I like objects that brings you from place to another feeling free so that would be maybe a bike.


-What’s your favourite artwork?
So many … but to be honest and very simple
Picasso made it all.


-How has your artistic practice changed over time?
It has changed from 3D animation to canvas acrylic ink painting to clay material. Any new process I want to lean now.
It took me a long time to mature and explore I was scared or unsafe possibly unaware of the possibilities to be myself because I had to satisfy orther commercial brand. So the reward was always a little fake.
Now that I reach myself a little bit more I can serve and feed other people better with my work.


-What art do you most identify with?
I have no idea really, I identify myself with people who search – It could be anything of anyone. People who ask question other than having answers.
So if the discipline was an art it would be philosophy.


Interview by weekend house kids. Photography by @lluifrabregas

Special thanks Lluisa Fabregas. Celestino García & Fátima Mouzo