AN INTERVIEW WITH SERGE GIL
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COLLABORATION/ COLLECTIVE?
I feel blessed to be working with two very talented and creative artists. We have become a family of 3 in our work, and we know we have a special and not so common way of operating in the art world.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE INNER WORKINGS OF YOUR COLLABORATION?
A good way to gain perspective into how we work is referencing a music collaboration, imagine the three of us as vocalists and telling the sound engineer that we want to sound as one. But then during the performance we split into harmonies. LA Odyssey is perceived as a unified voice, however, like Scarlet mentioned we still find a way for each of one us to exist individually within the collaboration.
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT! TELL US ABOUT YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS SHOW AND WHY THE NAME REVERIE?
Lily, Scarlet and I spend a lot of time reflecting and are very much connected in each others lives. We constantly know and discuss our highs as well as our lows. When we began shooting the show we all connected on the subject of dreams. I started keeping a “dream journal” a year ago and without ever thinking that it would lead to inspiration for the show but somehow I ended up using that personally.
ARE YOUR PHOTOS REPRESENTATIVE OF DREAMS THEN?
Not per say, I would reference what Scarlet was saying, its about the state of reverie and feeling alive through dreams. The three of us really connected on that reality.
CAN YOU SHARE ANY PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE HAVING TO DO WITH THE PHOTOS FOR REVERIE?
Sure. “The Road To Nowhere” for me is a celebration of all the failures in my life. Its about realizing that life is not perfect and its through adversity and things that challenge the core of who we are that map out where the road will lead. My life is infested with failure. And if you learn to love your failures as much as you cherish triumph, well you end up living a happier life in my opinion.
WHY DO YOU FIND IT IMPORTANT TO EXPRESS VULNERABILITY IN YOUR ART?
Vulnerability to me makes it easy to find the direct ratio between how commercial the art is to be perceived, versus art that is more subjective. Its hard to be vulnerable sometimes, its painful. But you find out that you can always get through the pain. Connecting the pains and dreams you encounter in life keeps a fresh and healing perspectives. At that point art is to a degree a medicine for the pain (vulnerability)
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE YOU SEE IN BEING PART OF THIS COLLABORATION?
I get to live next to two muses - Lily and Scarlet.