Lea Céléstine is a 16 year-old, self-taught phenom from Switzerland. With a following on Facebook of over 111,000, Lea’s unique view on life and visual expression has become an inspiration for young artists the world over. PicsArt is thrilled that she agreed to give us this exclusive interview.
“It’s fascinating for me that world is, in a sense, one big picture.”
I’m from Switzerland. I live in Kloten, that’s a town near Zürich.
I wouldn’t call myself as an artist. I just love to create things ‘out of nothing’ or from ‘daily stuff’, to create things, which then express something or cause people to think. I try to bring extraordinary things to the people.
I’m most creative when I’m sad.
When I’m drawing, taking pictures or writing stories I forget most everything around me. I feel like I’m living in my own world.
For me, the world is perfect in my lens. Everything stays as it is and I just concentrate on what I’m seeing and what I’m doing. It’s fascinating for me that world is, in a sense, one big picture.
It can be a calm place. Maybe outside. Good music. But sometimes, if I’m surrounded by a crowd of people, the many impressions also inspire me. In fact, inspiration always really depends on my mood and is therefore quite different.
If I do have an idea, I want to realize this idea immediately. As I’m always with me, I can realize the idea instantly using myself as a canvas. And sure, I’m free then to dothings however and in whatever way I want.
It started when I got bored of creating ‘normal’ pctures. I wanted to be different, creating something special. Now, body art and face paintings have become normal for me.
I love colors. They are somehow simple and jaunty but nevertheless they can express a lot. It’s fascinating what colors represent and what we can create out of them.
I put in a lot of work, even though this is ‘just’ a hobby for me.. But I do like to spend that much time on my hobby. Mostly, I can transfer an idea directly into a picture/work as I intended to get it, but sure, also I do sometimes fail. But there are not many pictures surviving unpublished as if I’m not satisfied, I immediately delete them… 😉
That’s difficult to answer. There are days, where I’m really bothered but on other days I feel damn lucky. But what’s irritating is that many people do have a kind of prejudice about me but I’m nothing else than a normal teen.
Rarely. I’ve been asked a few times to shoot for others and got some small payment for that. Otherwise I don’t make money out of my hobby, yet. Recently, a small article was been posted in a newspaper about me. I was then contacted by a small webshop, to see if I would create a T-Shirt collection with my pictures. If that happens, I’ll get a small percentage from each sale.
It’s not a true septum piercing, so it didn’t hurt. I would like to have one or another piercing, but my parents don’t have the same opinion about that…