Jacqueline de Montaigne

 ‘Art shouldn’t be restrictive…it’s a free chain of thought unique to who is creating it;’ Lisbon based, Jacqueline de Montaigne, figurative artist and activist at IBFAN, tells us. Her work, rich in colour and eccentricity carries the imprints of her travel around East Asia and speaks out through the voice of various mixed media experimentation, where infinite mistakes make for the more successful work. Montaigne paints with such strength and bold prowess as well as allowing an intriguing balance of pride and modesty in her figures. 

We were interested in the relationship between artist and activist, in the ways that these two roles combine, if at all. In the case of Montaigne, activism doesn’t knowingly carry through each piece, but she recognises the power in using art to convey influential messages to the public; ‘ I try to combine the two roles as often as I can, as they say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and art is a powerful tool to make a statement… [the] influence isn´t always conscious but I think it is natural that what we believe in, influences how we think and in this case, create.’

Past experience and environment contribute to Montaigne’s artistic and more specifically, figurative content in addition to a new found addiction for Street Art. Modelling at the age of 12 fed Montaigne intrigue with the figurative of which widened once commencing with IBFAN, an organisation that supports breastfeeding around the world. The back stage world of Catwalk shows, offered Montaigne countless opportunities of drawing ‘statuesque women’ in transformation of being dressed and made up for the runway. The consideration of society and the body developed in succession with the work of IBFAN, and brought to attention the issues of women’s rights and in what ways they become subject to disrespect in all shape and forms. A female body, Montaigne explains, ‘should never be hidden or shamed’ but instead ‘celebrated,’ regardless of how they look.

Street Art, becoming increasingly embraced on the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, is opening roads for Montaigne by means of self expression and awareness of IBFAN. A fortunate meeting with artist Lara Seixo Rodrigues (WOOL -FEST, MISTAKERMAKER, LATA 65, MURALIZA) resulted in an opportunity to paint a wall in a converted Lisbon Factory and well loved arts hub; LX Factory, which cemented Montaigne’s street art obsession. With planned public murals and pieces for hospitals and public health centres secured for the end of the year, the ‘movement’ is providing a humble tool in which to share ideas. Project ideas are also evolving in working with national and international street artists in support of IBFAN and the World Health Organisation.

We are in full support of Montaigne and her endeavours with IBFAN and encourage you to keep upto date with posts of her progress and future projects.

Feature by Amber Scarlett


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