Visiting my friend Fabien Verschaere’s studio in Paris was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Europe. His work is very personal and based on his childhood. Because doctors thought he had an illness, he was often hospitalized. To keep him occupied, he was given art history books to read and markers to draw with. That’s how it all began… He continued drawing everything around him and documenting the smallest things upon his return home. He also became interested in mythology in children’s books. This has remained an important factor in his work. Fabien uses a repertoire of figures taken from cruel fairy tales and effigies combined with a legend of self and text. His unique language offers a world of opposites – angels and devils, life and death, princesses and skulls, happy and sad, clowns and ghosts.