Ysabelle Vautour





I make art because it offers a space for reflection and dialogue. Sometimes there is so much to say, but words aren’t there right away. It seems to be a conversation starter for others to approach me and talk about things that are important to them.

I love the sense of accomplishment when a piece turns out way better than I expected. The joy I get from flipping through a finished sketchbook I have made is like, wow, this is a visual reminder of where I have been and what my thoughts were.

I make art to shut down the self-doubt that I can’t do something. Judgement is often what stops people from creating.  I make art to feel connected, to cultivate courage, openness and a sense of wonder. Inspiration is contagious and is so energizing. I love the excitement of new ideas. It feels incredible when you can collaborate with others’ ideas to solve a problem.

Adapted from Ysabelle Vautour, 2024

Related program

Tactile Residency 2022-2023 (Panel Participant)