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Artist’s profile: Elisabeth Couloigner

Boredom inspires all sorts of creativity, and so it was that I came across this French artist while idly browsing pinterest boards. I saw a number of images which were heavy in calligraphic forms and gestural lines, so looked into her a little more. She describes her practice as an exploration of the material and composition of the space offered by the medium – as an emotional and suggestive language.

“Above all, and always, there is the look at the world around, the precise listening to perceptions that question physical reality and sensuous reality. Playing with ladders, identifying analogies, making matches. 

Observe the outside world, and learn about its inner world. Confront the two in the formal game of composition. Coexist. Separate and bind, establish passages, breaches, ascensional movements, lines of communication, areas of interaction. Gather reassemble fragments and unify them into a harmonious whole. Use imbalances to create new balances. Transpose, extract, sublimate. Then, give a concrete existence to perceptions, transpose them. Shaping optical relief, giving sensoriality to matter.”

Many of her works are pure explorations of composition through material textures, line and colours. These are a selection of pages from ongoing work in sketchbooks, “I’m Searching”.

As well as the rich painted backgrounds, she also has a few more open, more heavily calligraphic works, which I very much liked, and reminded me a little of mine…




Visual research workshop

An unexpected workshop which I accidently gatecrashed yesterday, joining the second year students and Shane W, looking at how to utilise visual research to support our projects. Very useful, and a great reminder of how useful drawing can be in interpreting an idea – no matter how “well” you think you can draw.

Some of the exercises were very quick – 2mins for a drawing – but I thought this kept up the pace and made sure you didn’t over think anything. Then being asked to suddenly turn a 3D line drawing into 3D was really surprising.  I have always been a fan of working in sketchbooks, and this should give me a few more ideas on being more creative with it.

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