Nathalie Boutté cuts paper into strips, all types of paper: maps, novels, white paper, printed paper, tracing paper, banknotes... and offers a second life to materials that had its own function in a previous life.
Nathalie Boutté's creations are not simple compositions to define although in many cases the materials she uses are identifiable. This taste for the paper but also for objects fell into disuse comes from her previous career. Before being an artist, Nathalie Boutté was graphic designer at a time when this job was still manual. Despite the advent of computers, the artist has not abandoned her rotrings and cutters.
"I never gave up this contact with paper. It is by far the raw material I prefer to work with today."
Nathalie Boutté is neither a photographer nor a sculptor nor a painter, but her collages are all these things. Her creations are three-dimensional, she designs by sculpting the paper. Her paper strips are scales, fur, materialized pixels, a pictorial coat.
In the imagination of the artist mingles words printed on books, song's lyrics, works titles, parts of his memory, the memory of those she uses the portrait or those who have used these materials before she and that she appropriates the works.
Her small stripes of paper are added and superimposed to recreate some of those memories, whose reading is multiple. Closely, the texture of the paper is omnipresent as the distance to the work removes the material in favor of a pictorial embodiment, a fascinating and magical editing work of unparalleled attention to detail. Paper stripes are glued one by one, row by row.
Gradually, the image and the volumes appear, creating a harmony between former lightweight materials and new creation.
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N°38 April-May 2015, p.42-46.
Born in 1967, Senlis, France
Lives and works in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France