FKA Twigs and Cate Blanchett Bare All for Hugo Huerta Marin’s New Book

An exclusive look at Hugo Huerta Marin’s new ‘Portrait of an Artist’

10/22/2021 2:00:00 AM

An exclusive look at Hugo Huerta Marin’s new ‘Portrait of an Artist’

In the Mexican artist’s latest book, ‘Portrait of an Artist,’ Julianne Moore, Anjelica Huston, Carrie Mae Weems, and more influential women bare their souls.

Portrait of an Artist, including conversations with Diane von Furstenberg, the late Agnès Varda, and more.Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett © Hugo Huerta Marin“I subscribe to a more Eastern concept of beauty. Something is not beautiful unless it has a flaw in it. As a woman working in the film industry, there is always the conversation about the level of luminosity or attractiveness one has, or how sympathetic a female character is. I think all those conversations are really uncreative. I don’t want to patronize an audience and tell them how to think or feel about the character that one is creating. You can find beauty everywhere, even in moments of grief because people are so completely exposed, or in people who are incredibly stressed—you suddenly see through the facade to a rawness.”

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Miuccia PradaMiuccia Prada © Hugo Huerta Marin“If you want to know about the relationship between art and fashion, it has always been a delicate point for me, because at the beginning, I wanted to keep the two things separate—even if in my mind, they were not separate at all. But I didn’t want people to think I was somehow taking advantage. I wanted to be good on my own, so I always refused to collaborate with artists when it came to my job—even if everybody does it now, and sometimes it might even sound stupid not do it. I don’t like to use people or use art to be more appealing. I still believe art is art, and even if there is a lot of marketing around it, when a great artist does something, it is done for the idea. Whatever a designer does—even if it is really beautiful—is done to be sold, so there is a huge difference. In general, I don’t like it; there is also no real reason why I don’t do it—probably because everyone else is doing it, and I want to do the opposite (laughs). I always want to be different from others, but of course, collaborations are great in theory.”

Anjelica HustonAnjelica Huston © Hugo Huerta Marin“I’ve noticed that women feel at their strongest when they are at their angriest. It is the state in which they are the least appealing to men, so I think there is an aspect of a woman feeling angry, unattractive, and kind of brutal that they quite enjoy, because it doesn’t have to do with being appealing to men, or having to follow the standards of romantic love.”

Carrie Mae WeemsCarrie Mae Weems © Hugo Huerta Marin“I started my life thinking I was going to be a scientist. I thought I was going to be an archeologist or an anthropologist. The idea of digging through histories is a deep part of my life, my thinking, and my interests. Of course, the investigation of my own family is history, which is returning again in my work. In these ideas about playing within memories and associations and history—because it is memory in relationship to history, not memory for its own sake—I am interested in the exploration of what is known about the past and how that gets passed on.”

Diane von FurstenbergDiane von Furstenberg © Hugo Huerta Marin“I love books more than anything else. I never thought I would work in fashion; I always thought I would be in literature. When I was a very young girl, I asked my teacher, ‘What can you do for a living if you like books?’ And she said, ‘You could be a librarian.’ The librarian at my school had very bad breath, and that was the end of that (laughs).”

Julianne MooreJulianne Moore © Hugo Huerta Marin“There is a part of me that does a huge amount of preparation. I know the material really well, I do the research I need to do, but then, when I am actually on a set, it has to go away, and I have to act from a place of unconsciousness. I can’t determine what I am going to do, so I have to wait. For me, the idea is that I am prepared and know the material enough just to allow something to happen to me on camera. There are times when I am working on a film, and often, after finishing a scene, I don’t remember what I have done. I experience a sort of blackout because you just want to let it happen to you, and sometimes, when that happens, you just don’t remember.”

FKA TwigsFKA Twigs © Hugo Huerta Marin“I do pole dancing, and often, at the beginning, you think that the beauty is in the big tricks—the splits, the upside-downs, the spins, and all these complicated moves—but as I’ve learned more, I’ve discovered the beauty in the transitions that lead you to the big moves. The things that aren’t supposed to be beautiful. This also applies to life. For instance, you might think that the most beautiful thing in life is buying a house, but it’s not ... it’s the transition to get there, the years of hard work to get there, you know? Maybe the most beautiful thing is to give birth, but actually the beauty is in what happened in those years before you get there. It’s not always in the big things in life, or the big statements in work, or the big moves in dance ... Sometimes beauty can be found in the awkwardness of the transition you go through to get to that point.”

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Uma ThurmanUma Thurman © Hugo Huerta Marin“I think vulnerability is always present and is part of humanity. No character is truly invulnerable. It’s interesting sometimes to play a character who might be deluded into believing they are invulnerable, but the whole aspect of what makes us human is that we are all vulnerable; we are all mortal, regardless of our convictions that there is some greater truth, which is being vulnerable, like a fly on a leaf.”

Jenny HolzerJenny Holzer © Hugo Huerta Marin“Beauty can come in any number of forms and expressions, from the absolutely desperate to the grotesque to the lovely and the lucid. I like all flavors.”Agnès VardaAgnès Varda © Hugo Huerta Marin

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