Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am a comeback-kid to drawings. Edmee Froment, French, I became an American citizen long before the fuss it is made of lately, chauvinist about my chosen nationality. I would not miss a vote.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
With passion I am working on two different projects, hoping to be picked up. A series “Connecting to la Gaga” illustrating the parallelism of our lives with Lady Gaga’s own life and activities. It can be be seen on facebook “Red Menace.” I’m also working on portraits of English Bulldogs and/or Bull dog breeds. I am dreaming of drawing Howard Stern’s Bianca.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am a West Villager, in downtown New York. My all-white Bulldog and I–always wearing black–have become a regular feature. Recently I learned that I was referred to as the “Red Menace” so I adopted the name. I want to show that talent, beauty, emotions, and all the rest, do not belong to youth only, au contraire!
4: Who is your biggest hero?
I have a lot of heroes, yet the two I always think first of are Gloria Steinem and Larry Kramer. I the 70s I had joined Gloria’s “Burn our Bras” revolution. Larry Kramer, Aids Activist and writer, has been giving me work for the last 25 years. Both are compassionate leaders.
5: What book is your bible?
The Roget’s International Thesaurus, any word is able to open up so many others.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Love: activism for equal rights for women, gays and immigrants, fresh laundry, men, and my best friend who lives too far away.
Hate: social bias, wars, lack of punctuality, rootbeer, and aging.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To keep my curiosity alive and acute, and master the technology of my computer, to become, like my father was, a walking encyclopedia.
8: What is your favorite color?
Black, and the primary colors.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Barbarella, created by Jean-Claude Forest. She was emancipated, provocative, experimental, especially without anger and meanness, and how she loved men and odd creatures.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Between 4:00 a.m and 5:00 a.m. on the Hudson promenade, owners of huge breeds: Great Danes, Leonbergers, mastiffs, and unsocial Dobermans, or respiratory-problems Bulldogs, walk their dogs.
No one chats, yet the proximity is reassuring, while the day arises.
11: What turns you on?
Men in Lederhosen.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: What is your dream this year–not a goal–a dream?
A: To be able to give my acceptance speech to an award, and thank my friends and all those who supported me all this time.
Edmee Froment, former art director with Science Publishers, decided to make a total change and concentrate on animals’ cares, grooming and fashion. Soon her interest and attention turned to the Bulldogs. “Look at my all white imus/verlyn: he is comical, with his odd walk, his large shoulder and …” that justified the creation of the facebook The Artful Bulldog. In June, last year, 10:00 p.m., Lady Gaga’s site appears on The Artful–accompanied by 37,622,675 friends–and there started the concept of the Connection to la Gaga.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography Courtesy by Edmee Froment
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Edmee Froment, Photography Courtesy by Edmee Froment