[by Marion Rivolier from Paris, France]
In Paris, Le Bon Marché asked her to work for the first time with white thread. She wanted to work on the idea of travel, and she asks us the question “Where are we going?”
Inspired by boat designs from China, Japan, Europe or America, she has conceived a flight of 150 fragile boats hanging under the central glass roofs. The boats are weaved in white threads but the suspension's threads are black, like the boats' steel armatures. This installation is incredibly poetic and powerful. You can imagine the difficulty to paint it... I chose to express the white lace with the negative space. I left the maximum of white in the paper and created the volume with cool values.
For the second installation, “Memory of the Ocean,” the place is transformed by interwoven threads. The visitor enters this kind of white nest or cavern. The weaving of threads is beautiful.
Chiharu Shiota says about her work that, as a painter, she paints in the space; she draws the lines from one point to another like a calligraphic line on a white sheet of paper.
For this watercolor, I didn't want to draw every line so I decided to paint the shadows created by threads. I tried to express some transparency with warm and cool values and colors.
In the display windows on rue de Sèvres, she introduces the theme of travel, with objects imprisoned in white threads: a compass, maps, boats or a telescope. In this watercolor, you can sense the steel structure of a boat inside. I wanted to express the intermingling of threads where the passers-by and the buildings are reflected in the window. That is why this watercolor is a little bit abstract!