Paper, the silent workhorse of the publishing industry. Hundreds of sheets are used for every book and magazine, but in the hands of artist, Béatrice Coron, the utilitarian product becomes something so much more: a focus point, a work of art.
“For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art,” explains Coron. “Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies.”
Coron’s personal history has fueled her curiosity for stories and questioned her perception of realities. “I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging,” she says. “Using paper-cutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, or other paper types, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world.”
One can only imagine the effort that goes into cutting out the excruciating detail in each piece, but the end result is both whimsical and entrancing.
“My goal is to invite the public to pause and bring their own ideas, finding personal interpretation to reclaim their imaginative powers.” In this, the artist truly succeeds.