Clarisse D'Arcimoles

Performance is at the heart of the practice of emerging French artist Clarisse D’Arcimoles, currently based in London.

Since graduating from Set Design for Performance and an MA in Photography at Central Saint Martins, D’Arcimoles’ work has been enthusiastically received with exhibitions and awards in the UK and internationally. She has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of shows and is represented by Breese Little in London.

In 2010, Clarisse was one of the 27 finalists selected to present her work at the Photographers’ Gallery for the FreshFaced+WildEyed 2010, she’s also been announced as the winner of Heart of Glass 2010. Her series 'un-possible-retour' was exhibited in the 'Newspeak: British Art Now' exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

Why did you decide to study at Central Saint Martins?

It was the best occasion for me to study abroad. It was definitely more challenging and rewarding but also because the course itself appealed to me!

What was the best bit about living and studying in London?

I loved everything about living and studying in London, such an amazing cultural mix.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Experiment as much as you can, have fun, work hard, really hard… be ready to absorb everything… be yourself but a good fighter! Then make sure that you photograph well all your projects to have a nice portfolio when you leave school.

And for students about to graduate?

The few first months after school can be the most difficult ones, keep working on your own project, create a website and a great portfolio, look for internship, expand your network and you will find opportunities that suit you.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

Right now? I am going for a six month trip, well deserved… I've been working as an artist since I graduated in 2009. I am represented by a Gallery in the UK and will prepare my new solo show as soon as I return.

10% of work and 90% of hard work!

No secret…

How has Central Saint Martins helped in your chosen career path?

I don’t think I really chose my career path… but my career started when one of my teacher pushed me to apply for a well-known competition!