Léna Fredier, also known as Mačka, is a French illustrator and tattoo artist based in Lyon. Her work has been exhibited in Shanghai, New York, Lyon and Valence, and in 2020 she opened her first tattoo studio, Mačka Studio. Describing her art as her therapy, Léna draws her emotions with the help of a figure: deliberately blank, she’s been drawing this character since high school. She uses them as a way of inviting interpretation from the viewer – without clothes, gender, age or race, the observer is encouraged to project their own emotions onto the work and make their own unique connection. Léna spoke to us about her work and the idea of “open social therapy” – what she gets from making art, and what she hopes others can take from it too.
“I really try to put the spectator in the situation, to make them feel something. It doesn’t have to be the same feeling for everyone.”