Welcome to the Dior Talks series themed around the 5th edition of Dior Lady Art and hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman. For this year’s event, ten artists and collectives from around the world have participated in a game of metamorphosis by rendering the iconic Lady Dior handbag as a unique piece of art.
Joining us on the podcast today is Gisela Colon, whose creative universe and spark comes from tapping into different geographic locations, from Puerto Rico, where she grew up, to the Californian desert and the whirling metropolis of Los Angeles, her adopted hometown.
In this fascinating deep dive, the artist discusses the underlying concept of her two ‘Lady Dior’ bags, which are based on the Eastern philosophy of balance. “The concept of yin and yang, night and day, on complementary opposites,” as the artist puts it — as well as duality in the physical world, like Earth and outer space, and the past and the future.
Inspired by the El Yunque National Forest tropical rainforest in Puerto Rico, Gisela’s ‘Amazonia’ take on the Lady Dior features a central green spheroid that, the artist says, emits a special energy imbued with the spirit of the “plants, animals, and the generations that lived before us.”
Crafted from holographic iridescent leather, her spellbinding ‘Stardust’ Lady Dior channels the Space Age, the future, magic and intergalactic travels to the “wonders that lie beyond the Earth.” One of her biggest fantasies? Taking the Lady Dior to the moon.
Discover Gisela Colon’s creations : https://youtu.be/etbtVWFMIgA