Nathalie Guinamard - The Collector
01 July 2013
“The Collector” by Nathalie Guinamard explores the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) print process. Each of these four colours has been hand painted with half tone dots in acrylic paint onto a separate sheet of glass. The four layers are then placed together to create a full colour image of a striking butterfly. In contrast to the automated printing process, the artist’s decision to hand-paint the glass panes introduces a delicate, human element to the artwork:
‘I am interested in the idea of slowing down the mechanical process, allowing for the presence of human touch, with the slight variations and errors that may involve. Through a method combining commercial technology with a slower process done by hand, I am investigating alternative methods of seeing and experiencing visual messages.’
Nathalie came to John Jones looking for a bespoke framing solution which would allow the sides of the glass to be exposed, whilst supporting the work securely.
‘Each layer of glass holds on to the colour it has been painted with and it bleeds out of the sides of the glass. When framing the piece, it was an important consideration to keep this part visible.’
Our design therefore provides support at the top and bottom of the piece and also incorporates a light box mechanism to illuminate the artwork. A laser cut acrylic sheet with a window aperture perfectly frames the light behind the image.
The title was inspired by a book of the same name by John Fowles, in which the protagonist Frederick, a collector of butterflies, obsesses over a young girl who he goes on to hold captive in his cellar; as if a human being can just as easily become part of a collection as a butterfly. In Nathalie’s piece “The Collector” the image of the butterfly is trapped within four layers of glass and loses the correct sense of colour if any of those layers is removed. The image is a collection in its’ own right.
Nathalie Guinamard completed a PgDip at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2012 and graduated from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford in 2007. Shortly after graduating from the Ruskin, she was short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007. In 2008 she was included in ARTfutures and the Red Mansion Art Prize exhibition, following a residency in Beijing. In 2009 she was commissioned by the Royal Mail to design a special edition stamp for the 2012 Olympics. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the National Art Open Art Prize, exhibiting at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester and The Prince’s Foundation, London in October.