Sara Haraigue 



About the artist


Born / Works

Algiers / Paris

Education / Career
Higher Diploma in Graphic Design at the Gobelins school of image, Paris.

Started working

Significant works in progress
Involved in the In an expression of the inexpressible exhibition at the Dean Johnson Gallery (Indianapolis), alongside designers such as Stefan Sagmeister, Non-Format, Karlsson Wilker, Si Scott, Mike Mills and Trevor Jackson.


How would you describe your style?
My graphic approach consists in simplifying forms and materials found in nature, in boiling them down to the essential. The creative process is based on the reduction of each element to its most minimal form. Creation takes shape throughout the experiment, nothing is planned in advance. My goal is to string together fragments of materials or graphical shapes to create a visual harmony imbued with a suspended, impalpable atmosphere.

What are your main sources of inspiration (artists, graphic designers, etc.)?
I am very receptive to art, photography and architecture, but my inspiration comes essentially from nature, its chromatic universe and its matter. I am fascinated by the animal, aquatic and mineral realms: their materials and colours are amazing.
The greatest source of inspiration is all around us, no need to look very far.

What can you tell us about the two works on display at ArtLigue?

Magma reflects the graphic conceptualization of an earthly mechanical event. Photographic overlay makes it possible to isolate and reconstitute a space that forces the eye and grabs its attention.
L’énigme is a graphical challenging of the representation of a thinking being. It reveals the individual deprived of identity and the bird as symbol of his thought.

What was the creative process for these works? Is it consistent with your usual approach?
Do you use different creative methods depending on the nature of the project (artistic, commission, experimental)?

It all starts by looking for my own personal interpretation and vision. Each of these works has been crafted in the same way: I take existing images, distort them, reassemble them and fragment them, so as to draw from it a raw material that constitutes the finished image’s identity.
My creative process is most different when it working on a commission. It’s a question of understanding what is being said, and even more so not said, in order to assimilate and interpret it.

What is your view on graphic design today?

I watch a lot of different graphic scenes within the broad space of graphic design. Graphic design is becoming very “trendy”. Images are increasingly pervasive: as a result, there are more and more designers, which is a good thing - especially in France, where graphic culture remains largely unknown to the general public.

Do you believe there is a boundary between visual arts and graphic design? If so, where would you place it?
Should graphic design be included in the arts, or does it already belong there?

I believe that the arts and graphic design are closely intertwined, although the profession of graphic designer does come with objective constraints, such as commissions or utility, which prevents it from going all the way to pure art. Logically, graphic designers working for a client cannot enjoy the freedom of an artist to the full.
Film, photography - even theatre - were not originally thought of as art forms, but they became so over time.
I like to believe that one day, graphic design will be seen as an art, because the border is often crossed. That’s one potential direction graphic arts may take in the future.

Limited edition, numbered and signed.

Selected shows and awards

Exhibition at "La Surprise" gallery, Paris, 2010
In an expression of the inexpressible (group show), Dean Johnson Gallery, Indianapolis, 2009
Nominated amongst the 10 best graphic designers by "Netdiver" blog, Canada, 2008
Participated in "Pecha Kucha Vol.5" in Etapes magazine, Paris, 2008

Selected publications

Published in :
Logology 2, Victionary, 2011
Typolyrics, Slanted Magazine, Germany, 2011
The Computer Arts Book of Inspiration, London, 2009
Lemon Poppy Seed, Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany, 2008


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Technical information

Pigment print on Hahnemuehle Ultrasmooth paper - limited edition, numbered and signed certificate.


50 x 36 cm, Edition of 80 120.00 €

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