BĂ©atrice Coron

Sous Le Pont Mirabeau, 2013
Cut Arches paper leporello (folded in 4), Poem by Appolinaire with music sheet of Léo Ferré, 7.5 x 44.5 inches. $1200
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Graines D’Ananar on the Rock, 2013
Lasercut cotton paper tryptich, cover with Tyvek and sand, pack ofseeds referring to a song of Léo Ferré about seeds of anarchy (graines d’anarar). Monaco with memories of poet Léo Ferré, 32 x 18 inches. Edition of 20. $1200
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Marine, 2013
Leporello of cut Arches paper on a poem by Paul Verlaine. Binding by Christine Giard. 7.5 x 22 inches. Edition of 6. $800
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Sirène 1, 2012,
Cut Tyvek with handwriting from Haitian poet Frankétienne, 43 x 12 inches, edition of 4. $1200





Sirène 2, 2012
Cut Tyvek with handwriting from Haitian poet Frankétienne, 43 x 12 inches, edition of 4. $1200





Sirène 3, 2012
Cut Tyvek with handwriting from Haitian poet Frankétienne, 43 x 12 inches, edition of 4. $1200





Sirène 4, 2012
Cut Tyvek with handwriting from Haitian poet Frankétienne, 43 x 12 inches, edition of 4. $1200





Sirène 5, 2012
Cut Tyvek with handwriting from Haitian poet Frankétienne, 43 x 12 inches, edition of 4. $1200





Sirène 6, 2012
Cut Tyvek with handwriting from Haitian poet Frankétienne, 43 x 12 inches, edition of 4. $1200





Sirène 7, 2012
Cut Tyvek with handwriting from Haitian poet Frankétienne, 43 x 12 inches, edition of 4. $1200





Sirène 8, 2012
Cut Tyvek with handwriting from Haitian poet Frankétienne, 43 x 12 inches, edition of 4. $1200





Femmes du Monde, 2007
cut arches paper, accordion artist book, 6.5 x 39 inches, edition of 5. $900




Pour le Bon Motif, 1999
cut Arches paper, series of 4 accordion artist books, each 8 x 23 inches, unique. $1500





Motifs, 1999
cut hand-made paper, portfolio of 2 folded pages with 4 motifs, 13 x 9.5 inches, unique. $1100

L’Horloge, Charles Baudelaire, 2010
cut Arches paper, accordion artist book, 8 x 44 inches, edition of 12. $800
Evening Song, 2009
Cut Arches paper with the poem of native American, Joy Harjo. I pictured a river as a metaphor for time, acceptance and surrendering to forces we cannot control. Number 2 from an Edition of 9, 7.5” x 44” when extended , $600




Walks of Life, 2008
A chronological march of humanity cut in Arches paper, displaying different shoe styles and activities from caveman to jogger. 6 x 44” when extended. Number 3 from an edition of 4, $650




Wild City, 2005
This cut Tyvek scroll depicts humans and animals. Some scenes come from cliché images, others from common expressions using animal names. Penciled words are inscribed on the side of the scroll. Number 3 from an edition of 3, 26 x 13, $650




Statement

My work tells stories. I invent situations, cities and worlds. My creative inspiration comes from a text, a poem, the news or from a philosophical concept that can be reduced to a mere title. I research collective memories and myths, questioning the notions of identity and belonging. I am fascinated by the situation of individuals in time and space and the memory process that filters their realities. For each theme, I explore various narratives: one story leads to the next, and the creation process weaves different layers of our relations to the world.

My silhouettes are a language I have developed over the years; my point of view is both detailed and monumental. Cutting from a single piece of material, the profusion of individual stories creates a coherent universe. In my artist books and public art, where I play with full and empty shapes, everything must fall in place, windows are used not to see out but in, placing the spectator in an outsider/insider situation. Silhouettes are depicted in the middle of an action to suggest the dynamism of movement and reinforce the sense of catching a story in time. Shadows, reminiscent of film noir and voyeurism, leave room for multiple interpretations. The viewer is invited to find his or her own way in these creations.

Biography

After studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and studying Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, I worked in tourism for over ten years (later as a New York City tour guide).I have lived in France (my native country) , Egypt and Mexico for one year, each and China for two years before moving to New York in 1985.
The experience of living in different cultures fueled my curiosity for stories and questioned my perception of realities. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Living in between languages that I spoke but didn’t master, I developed a language of storytelling by papercutting multi-layered stories that could have different interpretations.

My career took me from illustration to bookarts, fine arts and now public art. Public art was a natural evolution to place stories with shared memories in the public realm. Rather than leaving an expression for another, my work makes artist books for viewer to step in, or fine arts with illustration methods. I favor an expression that would englobe all my creative instincts rather than separate. I create by cutting paper or Tyvek (a very resistant non woven material made by Dupont), for public art, I adapt my designs in metal, stone and glass.
My work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, The Walker Art center and The Getty. My public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.

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