Her family background is half of Sylvie Moellhausen’s story: she is of German, Greek and French descent on her father’s side, has relatives all over the world and a large, tightly-knit tribe of female cousins. Above all, however, comes her love of art: from her studies in London to the internships at the Gagosian Gallery and Galleria Lia Rumma in Milan. We decided to play on her passion, shooting her in Mexico and styling her in a way that will be immediately recognisable to any art lover.
We’ll just say “Frida”, you say whatever you want.
Beautiful, intense Frida! A legendary personality of powerful artistic expression, with boundless passion and creativity.
In Italy, art is considered an elitarian interest, accessible only to the educated, something not everybody can understand. As an expert and an art lover, what is your perception?
It’s nearly impossible toexplain this in a few lines: that is the true dilemma of contemporary art. How many times have we stopped in front of an artwork and found it incomprehensible? As far as I’m concerned, you don’t need an art degree to appreciate the work of an artist or a single work. Just think of the Impressionists or the Futurists, who were labelled as crazy and unintelligible and are are now an integral part of the international artistic heritage.
What was the first work of art you loved and decided you would adopt as yours?
A large Jackson Pollock canvas. I first saw it at twelve, at MET in New York.
In these pictures you play Frida, but how do you dress in everyday life?
I dress in classic style, jeans and a t-shirt. Classica: jeans e camicia. I prefer an effortless look, sometimes adding prints or peculiar colours.
Do you believe in extra-terrestrials life-forms?
I believe in vital energy and in the reality of perception, which go beyond what we see and hear. I don’t believe everything ends here, but that there’s something deeper. As Lavoisier said: “Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed. Everything is transformed.”
Each place has something unique to it. What is there in Mexico that you can’t find anywhere else in the world?
Margaritas, Mexicans do it better!
Among the many places you visited in your life, was there ever one that made you think “I would stop here”, but you didn’t because it would’ve meant dropping everything?
Yes, I had that several times in Brazil. Especially in Rio, a city that always gives me a strong positive vibe. Besides, I’ve always dreamed of living in a tropical country.
Can you tell us about your first Missoni?
Like all first times… unforgettable! It was a kaftan I found during one of my raids through my mother’s closet.
What are the three things you cannot do without in order to feel good?
A lot of sports, good food and being in good company is my recipe for well-being.
Tell us a story only you know.
August 2013. Burning Man, Nevada. And they all lived happily ever after!
Where do you go from here?
Off to look for the Enchanted Valley!