About Isabelle Chapuis

About Duy Anh Nhan Duc

 

 

DANDELION BY ISABELLE CHAPUIS AND DUY ANH NHAN DUC

Dandelion #10, 2014, 83.4 x 120 cm/ 104 x 150 cm

Dandelion is the result of a creative collaboration between the photographer Isabelle Chapuis and the botanical artist Duy Anh Nhan Duc.

One is passionate about chrysalis textures when the other is fascinated by botanical art, it is not surprising that their first collaboration gave birth to an oneiric creation around an elusive vegetal: Dandelion. Delicate compositions made of thousands pappus merge with the skin and envelop faces with a poetic veil.

A genuine creative complicity has developed between the two artists, creating ephemeral and elusive beauties. These two very singular universes meet in the delicacy. As a four-handed creation, it shows how two creative artists can interbreed and nourish each other from the same source of inspiration.

Dandelion #07, 2014, 83.4 x 120 cm/ 104 x 150 cm

Dandelion #06, 2014, 83.4 x 120 cm/ 104 x 150 cm

THE CASATI BY ISABELLE CHAPUIS

staging of a pictorial process

The Casati, 2014

Fascinated by the story of Luisa Casati, Isabelle Chapuis created a modern portrait of the famous muse.

Of all the Marchesas, Italian Luisa Casati (1881-1957) remains the most intriguing, eccentric and whimsical. According to history, she squandered her fortune in an attempt to turn her life into a work of art. She had a steady gaze and translucent skin, but the famous marchesa's true beauty resided in her imperfections.

She was a muse to many, including painters, jewelers, perfumers, designers and writers. One of the artists she inspired was Giovanni Boldini. In his portrait of the Marchesa, the subject merges with the background. Boldini dispenses with a landscape setting, choosing a neutral background instead, enlivened by the subtle and vivid touch that is characteristic of his style.

Working with yards of fabric, photographer Isabelle Chapuis sought to recreate the almost monochromatic pictorial process.  She asked costume designer Aurelia Maury to hand sew a dress that emerged yet was part of a wide swath of fabric. The marchesa led a tumultuous life. In the same spirit of excess, it is hard to tell if she is emerging from the fabric or being swallowed up in its folds.

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COCOON BY ISABELLE CHAPUIS

COCOON # 02 - 2010
Archival pigment print on acid free matte watercolour paper with a white wood frame 120 x 98 cm

Awarded by Picto Prize 2010

This is a plastic working based on research on the sticky flesh color. I wish to refer to organic matter in contrast with a decidedly aesthetic writing. Such a double skin fragile appearance, becomes a sticky filament fabric, durable and enveloping, where all transformation can take place.

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COCOON # 01 - 2010
Archival pigment print on acid free matte watercolour paper with a white wood frame 98 x 120 cm

COCOON # 05 - 2010
Archival pigment print on acid free matte watercolour paper with a white wood frame 98 x 120 cm

THE MENINE- 2012
Archival pigment print on acid free matte watercolour paper with a black wood frame 83,4 x 120 cm

FROZEN #10 - 2012
Archival pigment print on acid free matte watercolour paper with a black wood frame 95 x 120 cm

BOTANICAL SCULPTURE BY DUY ANH NHAN DUC

Tree of Life, 2016, 28 x 42 cm

DANDELION MONOCHROME BY DUY ANH NHAN DUC

 

Monochrome #2, 2016, 75 x 100 x 7 cm

Duy Anh imagines a series of dandelion monochromes, result of arrangement of their flying seeds into geometric shapes. The lightness and delicateness of this elusive plant immortalized in these organized and structured compositions.He delicately dissects the dandelion clocks, seed by seed and proceeds to use pliers to place each seed pappus in its assigned position. It is “a meticulous job that I particularly like because it’s really a special moment with the plant, a kind of meditation.”