Connected to nature

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked French artist Pauline Desombre to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.


What do you call the series of artworks that you have created for The Ode To?

Flowers For The Soul. For me, nature is the most important thing for maintaining mental health, and flowers represent the beauty of nature.

What does nature mean for your artistry?

– Nature – and the connection I have with it – is so important to me. I’ve been reading the book 'Reclaim: collection of ecofeminist texts' by Emilie Hache and it has inspired me a lot when it comes to the relationship between women, art, crafts and nature.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I grew up in a family full of artists and designers, and I feel very lucky for being raised in such a creative environment. As a child, I always drew, made music, and wrote. After high school I studied graphic design at different art schools in France and Montréal. When I graduated in 2020, I started my freelance work as a graphic designer and suddenly I felt freer about my artistic practice, so I started to share my artworks on social media. I’m obsessed about how to translate immensity and the beauty of nature, and I’m very influenced by ecofeminism.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

"Minimalist, coloUrful and graphic."

What other artists inspire you?

– I'm in love with the work by Ines Longevial. There’s a poetry of the bodies that she paints that fascinates me, and I admire her use of colour, the way she mixes tones and nuances.

What we love about Pauline Desombre:

There’s a graphic poetry in the art of Pauline Desombre that makes our hearts sing; the way that she evokes emotions using organic shapes and eye-catching colours.