Where did the name Atom Ludik come from?
The short answer is that my path in life led me towards learning about science. When I took a turn and decided to put myself out there as an artist, I needed to choose a name to breathe life into my artistic career. I thought the association between atoms and playfulness (the meaning of Ludik) was an interesting one.
Tell us about the animal in your cover art…
After working as an artist for a while, I started to understand that through art, I have the opportunity to defend ideas and to convey messages. For me, defending the most precious things on Earth, aka everything that is living, is extremely important. My roots have led me to focus especially on air and water, the essentials of life, which is why fish and birds show up in my work so much.
You’ve been based in Val quite a bit- do the mountains inspire your work?
My life has constantly been in motion and I regularly need a change of scenery. But there are a few settings I feel particularly at home in. The Charente sea and its wild coastline, the Atlantic Ocean and of course, the Savoie Region and its summits. I have to be connected to the forces of nature and the oceans and mountains provide that link. From my extended stays, I have found people that ground me to these little pockets of paradise.