Art Study: Wave pool test pilot Maud Le Car
You’ll recognize Maud Le Car as one of the early neoprene warriors testing out the new wave pool in Switzerland. You can see a fully hooded and gloved Maud threading Alaia’s beast mode in a few clips. And that’s not her first Wavegarden video. She’s been featured in a handful of their clips, the most popular featuring her and beau Joan Duru on a hot summer day.
Maud is from St. Martin in the Caribbean and when she’s not on the QS or testing wave pools she’s painting. Everything: Boards, clothes, canvases. She’s kind of nuts that way. The stylish regularfoot says she can’t help it. She was set on this path from an early age.
How are you doing Maud?
Good. But I broke my ankle six weeks ago, so it’s been a new experience for me. The day after I came back from Alaia Bay in Switzerland, Hossegor was good size and I fell in the barrel. It was a big day, but fortunately, we had the jet skis and the crew was there to help thankfully.
Tell us briefly about yourself and your art study.
I started really young because my mom, grandma, great-grandma are all painters so I started at a young age and always saw their work. So it’s genetic. I come from more of an art family than a surfing family.
Who are your influences?
Nature for sure. Being out in nature and seeing all the color around me. Also going to other countries and seeing the art there and what is happening. That inspires me a lot.
What do you hope to achieve with your art – social or political commentary?
For me, art is very personal and makes me feel good so it’s like a way of expression. Now I’m injured so painting really helps me right now. It’s therapy and I have no goals with my painting. I have a lot of things in my head and when I paint it gets it all out and it makes me free.
Have you done any paintings of wave pools?
We were surfing so much at Alaia Bay that I had no time for painting. I don’t have a work studio and my boyfriend gets upset because I have art stuff all over the place. I make a mess everywhere.
Your work has a wonderful pop sensibility to it; where does that come from?
I love Andy Warhol’s work. But I think there is not really one influence because I change and I grow.
What is your favorite medium and why?
Right now I’m really into resin epoxy art. So it’s really different than all the characters I paint. I love to do resin art of the ocean and it looks like the ocean when it’s viewed high up from the drone. I like to try new things all the time.
Do you have any shows coming up?
I will have an exhibition where we work with plastic pollution to create an art show. We use washed-up fishing nets and found plastic we get during beach cleanups. In the summer they have trucks that come by and pick up the plastic. But in winter the storms put so much plastic on the beaches here. I wanted to raise awareness that there is a problem. The goal of the project is to motivate people and create something where the plastic looks better as art than in the sand. We have a show coming up. I really have to get to work so I have some nice pieces for the exhibition!