"THE BEAUTY OF THINGS EXISTS IN THE MIND OF THE BEHOLDER". D.HUME

Contemporary art studio

Vision

Curious by nature, I like to experiment, play around with materials, forms and color, and venture down unexplored, untrodden paths to find inspiration in unexpected discoveries.

The fragments, or tesserae, I assemble are like scattered pieces of history, which I fit together to form one component of a larger work, revealing meaning and harmony.

I look to nature for inspiration, like flowering onions that gave me the idea for my Alliums, or full and balanced forms that influenced my Berling’Art and Totem series. More recently, I’ve taken a new direction and am fascinated with repurposing materials, in particular eggshells, which brought about a series of paintings and bas-reliefs enhanced with “skin effects” and placed in perpetual motion, at the whim of nature.

As with the restoration of antique mosaics, I love to be surprised by the results of the process, especially when poor and recycled materials are added to enrich a contemporary and feminine piece, whetting my insatiable appetite for beauty.

Photo credits Vincent Baldensperger

Vision

Curious by nature, I like to experiment, play around with materials, forms and color, and venture down unexplored, untrodden paths to find inspiration in unexpected discoveries.

The fragments, or tesserae, I assemble are like scattered pieces of history, which I fit together to form one component of a larger work, revealing meaning and harmony.

I look to nature for inspiration, like flowering onions that gave me the idea for my Alliums, or full and balanced forms that influenced my Berling’Art and Totem series. More recently, I’ve taken a new direction and am fascinated with repurposing materials, in particular eggshells, which brought about a series of paintings and bas-reliefs enhanced with “skin effects” and placed in perpetual motion, at the whim of nature.

As with the restoration of antique mosaics, I love to be surprised by the results of the process, especially when poor and recycled materials are added to enrich a contemporary and feminine piece, whetting my insatiable appetite for beauty.

Photo credits Vincent Baldensperger

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lives and works in Haute-Garonne, southwest France
A member of the ‘Ateliers d’Art de France’ union
Winner of the SEMA award (Society for the Promotion of Arts and Crafts) for contemporary art, 2009

Nathalie Chaulaic has that singular talent for placing mosaic in a modern context and within contemporary artistic practice.

Like an artist who produces a painting through successive brush strokes or a sculptor who kneads, shapes, chisels and molds the clay, Nathalie Chaulaic needs to have that raw relationship with the material, to undo to redo, to repeat the same self-assured gesture of positioning each tessera in its just place, right until that single perceptible moment when she knows her work is definitively complete.

Through her long creative process, guided by her natural gift for fusing mineral and organic materials in unexpected ways, Nathalie exhibits a patience and inner strength for revealing beauty, harmony; a finesse so rare that it is never expressed at first glance but finds its strength in the details of the work.

One of life’s observers, a person who is nourished by her eclectic sensibility, Nathalie Chaulaic follows an uncommon path and, through the curves, reflections, deflections, separations and variations in her work, she opens a window into our innermost feelings and emotions, like an inescapable force that only amplifies our perception.

Her works command our attention and reflect back to us pieces of our own lives, in her own subtle and graceful way. I cannot wait to see what surprises this artist has in store for us. One to keep an eye on.

Patrick Thaunay,
Founder and Director of Autantyk

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lives and works in Haute-Garonne, southwest France
A member of the ‘Ateliers d’Art de France’ union
Winner of the SEMA award (Society for the Promotion of Arts and Crafts) for contemporary art, 2009

Nathalie Chaulaic has that singular talent for placing mosaic in a modern context and within contemporary artistic practice.

Like an artist who produces a painting through successive brush strokes or a sculptor who kneads, shapes, chisels and molds the clay, Nathalie Chaulaic needs to have that raw relationship with the material, to undo to redo, to repeat the same self-assured gesture of positioning each tessera in its just place, right until that single perceptible moment when she knows her work is definitively complete.

Through her long creative process, guided by her natural gift for fusing mineral and organic materials in unexpected ways, Nathalie exhibits a patience and inner strength for revealing beauty, harmony; a finesse so rare that it is never expressed at first glance but finds its strength in the details of the work.

One of life’s observers, a person who is nourished by her eclectic sensibility, Nathalie Chaulaic follows an uncommon path and, through the curves, reflections, deflections, separations and variations in her work, she opens a window into our innermost feelings and emotions, like an inescapable force that only amplifies our perception.

Her works command our attention and reflect back to us pieces of our own lives, in her own subtle and graceful way. I cannot wait to see what surprises this artist has in store for us. One to keep an eye on.

Patrick Thaunay,
Founder and Director of Autantyk

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