Marks on paper, marks on the ground, marks anywhere can be indicative of an event or a significant change. They indicate boundaries, the intersection or meeting place of two different systems. The lines separating systems are the lace work making the fabric of the universe. They denote both the mutual interdependence and individual autonomy of systems on either side of the boundary.Read More
This body of work is about my aunt who suffers from Dementia. She remembers very little of the past and to visit her is like entering another world. I wanted to remember our time together. When I see her or think of her I attach images which, to use Proust’s expression, “will break the spell”.Read More
THE SKIN OF MEMORY
by Rod Pattenden
Memory begins at the fingertips. It is like a momentary prick of anticipation where ‘pins and needles’ stitch together meanings. Life is filled with edges and surfaces that brush up against us as the literal fabric of life.Read More
D’abord regarder, laisser l’œil être saisi par ces formes et ces couleurs, passer d’une œuvre à l’autre, certaines immédiatement identifiables d’autres non, se faire réceptif à l’atmosphère qui s’en dégage et ainsi parcourir ce jardin de mémoire, que Nathalie Hartog-Gautier nous invite à visiter.Read More
Any form of nature which moves us strongly by its beauty… is worthy of our best efforts… [but] the question comes, how much do we see and how much are our ideas… made up by comparison with those we have already known?
Nathalie Hartog-Gautier is constantly searching through archives, image banks, memories and landscapes looking for new ways to ‘see’ as an artist.Read More
First and foremost, look, let the eye absorb forms and colours, moving from one work to another, some immediately recognisable others not, preparing to appreciate the atmosphere emanating from them, walking through this Garden of Memory that Nathalie Hartog-Gautier invites us to visit.Read More
Size : 3 panels, 134 x 67 cm each
Medium: hand made hibiscus paper, kozo paper, Jarrah frame and other things.
In Fragonard’s perfume museum in Paris there is a three panelled cabinet containing different jars of flowering extracts. The perfume’s composer, “the nose”, would seat at a desk in front of the cabinet to create a floral scent. What inspired me to work on the subject of perfume is the non literal approach to the theme of the whale and perfume. By this I mean the extraordinary process of transformation from a sea creature to a sensorial art form, a botanical bouquet where the sea meets the land. Each paper jar is made from hibiscus fibre, a very evocative flower due to its shape and the tropical exoticism idea of its origins. In each jar there is an abstract representation of nature, a wearable scented garden, exotic, tropical and sensual. Each jar is a unique floral composition, an imaginary bouquet of imaginary flowers inspired by nature, like a palette of an artist, to compose a perfume.
BOXES FOR MEMORY
Nathalie Hartog-Gautier’s “Boxes for Memory” expands upon the idea of memory as a fluid and retrievable modal that can be preserved as an archive. The constructed specimen boxes act as memory chambers, recording devices to protect and recall the artist’s childhood memories of her family’s property in Le Maine, France.Read More
Le livre a longtemps été révéré comme un objet sacré : une mine d’informations, un symbole de sagesse et l’empreinte de l’histoire. Cette œuvre, L’EX-ILE, réunit de manière sublime de nombreux préceptes de l’art du livre contemporain.Read More
The book has long been revered as a sacred object: as a mine of information, a symbol of wisdom and as the footprint of history. This work, L’EX-ILE, exquisitely brings together many tenets of contemporary book art.Read More