Mar. 25, 2020
Ever wondered what it would look like if a butt had nipples? Or what boobs would say if they could talk? Artist Manon Barraud definitely has. The inventive mind behind the Instagram account GUILTY, Manon has found her niche in playfully showcasing how beautiful, inspiring, and fun boobs can be. Constantly delighted by her imaginative art, we talked to Manon about building her confidence as an artist, why she’s inspired by boobs, and the importance of creating at your own pace.
When did you start your work?
I started drawing in October 2017 and started my Instagram in June 2018.
Why did you start this work?
It all kind of happened really quickly for me. I knew I had a lot of creativity within me just waiting to be expressed in any kind of way. I started drawing just for me at the beginning. Then, I showed what I created to friends and family members and they were all like, “This is so cool, you gotta keep doing it.” This was the push I needed to start my Instagram and show my art to the world.
What drew you into the world of illustrating boobs?
It all began when my boyfriend started analog photography in 2017. One day he took a picture of me showing my breast while we were hiking (this might sound weird but it’s the truth haha). I then reposted this photo on my personal Instagram account because I really liked it. I instantly received quite a lot of feedback, good and bad. Some people completely supported the idea, but others were like, “You are naked. On the Internet. Have you lost your mind? You are showing your boobs. Your B-O-O-B-S. This is so private, I don’t get it.” This is the exact moment I realized that breasts are full of meanings and messages. Ideas started to bloom naturally, and here I am now.
Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Geneva, Switzerland and still live in the city today. I studied art direction/advertising and now work in a digital agency. I draw whenever I have a minute and do my best to conciliate my job and my art, which hopefully can be my full-time job at some point. And I have red hair. And I love my red hair (haha that’s an important point). And I sometimes feel like I am a creature from outer space. I have always been different and have always felt different, but in a positive way.
What was one challenge you overcame during the early days of your work?
Feeling confident enough to show what I create. I always knew that I was a creative person, but there’s a gap between knowing and doing. The simple fact of showing my art, even to my friends and family, was a big step for me.
What’s the most fulfilling part of your job?
In my art (as I have a full-time job on the side), it’s about feeling free to express myself as I want to.
What did success mean to you when you first started your work? How has your definition of success changed since then?
Success to me is a synonym for simplicity. I aim to live a peaceful life in this crazy world. Be close to nature. Draw my boobies barefoot in the grass. I have a hard time dealing with the ecological crisis we’re in now. It is very overwhelming. This is why success to me isn’t about making tons of money and a run for fame with my art. I like to keep my own pace, for my own good.
…my Papa Bear told me, ‘You’re facing a storm. Go get your raincoat, wear it even if it has holes in it. You’re gonna get wet, but you’ll be ok.’
What are some of the ways women today can help raise and inspire the next generation of ambitious females?
Support each other, even if it’s just by sharing someone else’s work or sending positive and motivational messages. Don’t be scared to show your work, be proud of it, and have lots of fun doing it.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Optimistic, curious, money spender (haha I’m the worst at saving money)!
When and where are you happiest?
When I’m barefoot in the grass and have my drawing stuff with me. When I cuddle with my parents’ cats. Actually, when things around me are peaceful and quiet, wherever the place.
If you could give your younger self advice, what would you tell her?
Don’t change a thing, girl!
What’s the top song on your playlist right now?
QUEENS, by The Blaze
Blade (Tidal Wave of Love), by Ben Khan
What motivates you to keep going in the toughest of times?
The infinite flow of ideas constantly running through my mind. I have sooo many boobies-related stories I want to draw. Quitting is not an option whatsoever. And I really enjoy drawing. It evolved into a real passion.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When I was going through a hard time and wanted it to stop ASAP, my Papa Bear told me, “You’re facing a storm. Go get your raincoat, wear it even if it has holes in it. You’re gonna get wet, but you’ll be ok.”