Tale of Jean-Paul Gaultier is the seventh work from the Portraits series by Claudia Scarsella that we present exclusively at the Eternal Optimist. The artist intends the term portrait as a narration of symbolic and emotional features that are fundamental in a person, rather than a reproduction of their physical resemblance. In each tale, the emotivity of the artist emerges, which interweaves, in collage, the artist's own feelings connected to the person being portrayed. Claudia Scarsella assembles layers of heterogeneous materials, sewing details into a moving vivid vitality,an evocation of the very soul of the person being portrayed.

Claudia spoke to us about this new portrait and its function with the French fashion designer. "One of the main elements of this collage is the Jean-Paul Gaultier top that I was wearing when I met him by chance at Camden Town market in London years ago. It was he who stopped me on the street, having recognized "his" top. He gave me a little sketch design there and then on a page of my diary. I kept the drawing in my wallet for years, until one day it disappeared, together with my wallet, stolen in a London bar. Still today, that top I wore, and the sailor stripes are among the symbols of his style, and thus dominate my collage. I have always liked his detachment from market trends: his independence is a stroke of genius, which, whoever, seems not to have ever dented his success." Claudia added some a bit more precise comments about how she perceives Gaultier's style "I loved Jean-Paul Gaultier when he designed for himself, but also when he worked for Hermès or Roche Bobois: his soul was so evident, so brilliant in his touch in every line, even in a collection of sofas and cushions. I'll add one last thrill: the looks he created for Madonna. Among all Madonna's image changes, Gaultier's creations are iconic, pure wonder. Pages and pages of costume history!"