PHOTOS: Solenn Heussaff's first art exhibit at Pineapple Lab
The actress and model unveils her solo art exhibition
(SPOT.ph) Many of us know Solenn Heussaff by her many job titles—model, actress, singer, and professional makeup artist. She also happens to be a visual artist, occasionally previewing her works on her Instagram account for her fans.
Matigsalog Women from Bukidnon (left) and Survival from Somalia (right)
Pardon de St. Anne from Bretagne (left) and The Voodoo from Africa (right)
On April 7, Solenn unveiled her first solo painting exhibition entitled Our People, currently on display at Pineapple Lab. The series of over 20 vibrant portraits are intimate looks into subjects from all over the world, including Burma, Somalia, Thailand, India, and the Philippines.
Mother and Child from Burma (left) and Sunset (right)
Tim Yap poses with Despair
"I've been working on [all the paintings] for about three years," she tells SPOT.ph. "I've always said that I was going to have an exhibit, but it never pushed through because of work. Sometimes, I just [wasn't] in the mood to paint. I collected everything for three years, though I did a lot last year because I already [set] an exhibit date."
Wisdom from Chiang Rai, Thailand (left) and The Seller from Burma (right)
She also shared that the work was inspired by her and her family's travels all over the world. "It's based on my photos and my parents' photos because we all travel a lot," she explains. "I just love painting indigenous people and so that was always my focus."
Art meets design
The exhibit also includes a preview of Soleen's future design collaborations. "I really wanted this exhibit to be an art experience, not really too structured," she says. "I didn't want to take myself too seriously, so I played around a lot. I love interior decoration, like designing my house. So I came up with these."
The second floor
"These" refers to the second floor of Pineapple Lab, which displays two of her interior design collaborations. This includes an embroidered carpet collection, which she worked on with Filipino company, Our Tribe, and a fusion of contemporary and classically designed furniture collection with Philux. "I brought in carpets from Argentina because I wanted to use those," she says.
Solenn wears one of the Mia Arcenas pieces
With Philux owners Jessica Kienle Maxwell and Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez
Solenn, who studied fashion design at Studio Berçot in Paris, will also be incorporating her art with fashion. "I wanted to go back to [doing] fashion again, so I collaborated with [fashion brand] Mia Arcenas. We're going to have a fashion show at the end of the year and it will feature my paintings [in the designs]," she explains.
A full house
Erwan Heussaff and friends
Solenn and her fiance, Nico Bolzico
Of course, we couldn't resist asking her about her upcoming wedding in May. "I hate preparing for my wedding," she admits with a laugh. "I just can't wait for it to be over and done with, and when it's over, I'll be happy."
Our People runs until May 8 at Pineapple Lab, 6071 R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati City. For more details, visit Pineapple Lab's Facebook page or call 834-5763.
Photos by Mike Dee