Monday, May 25, 2009

Beatrice Coron Speaks at Bookworks

Thursday afternoon an e-mail from Laurie at Bookworks in Asheville reminded me that Beatrice Coron was presenting a slideshow and speaking from 7:00 to 8:30 on Friday.
Somehow, I had overlooked the initial announcement.
Beatrice is a contemporary papercutter and sculptor. She is originally from Lyon France but now lives in Manhattan. She was at Bookworks teaching a 2 day papercutting class titled Fresh Cuttings.

Check out her extensively linked website at

The left brain part of my head said "Hey, you were just gone four days for a long weekend to Charlottesville. There are things you need to do at the house."

Photographs tell a story of which side of the brain rules .... at least this time.

Beatrice had many examples of her smaller works. They were quite varied in size and format, but above all her fondness for word play and subtext was evident. She enjoys exploring the relationships between the French and English language as well as experimenting with metaphor and image.

The picture above shows a clear link between photographic image and silhouette.

While listening to Beatrice speak, I learned that the word silhouette comes from the name of French King Louis XV's highly unpopular Minister of Finance. In an effort to balance the budget Etienne de Silhouette cut so many budgets that his name became synonymous with slashing paper.

Furthermore, the black paper shadow profiles were a simple and less expensive alternative for people that could no longer afford more expensive portraiture.

Below are some snapshots of student work from the first day of class.

In the next three, I love the use of velum to create the intermediate shade of gray and create that sense of depth.

Obviously, there were some talented artists taking part in this class.

I'm glad the right side of my brain won this discussion and I made the drive to Asheville after work on Friday.


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