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Elisabeth Picard

Today, we’re looking at something utterly unexpected. This is zip tie art created by Elisabeth Picard. I know it seems like it should fall more into the realm of craft than art, but I find myself genuinely responding to these pieces. I like the colors and the shapes and the translucence, and when they’re in motion, I dig the way them move. I’m especially impressed with how they manages to look organic even though the materials are far from natural. They seem like something familiar seen under a microscope.

Picard estimates that she has used more than 300,000 zip ties since she started using them in her art. She plays with different colored ties, sometimes hand-dyeing them and even using glow-in-the-dark paints to add blacklight effects. Many of her works include a lightbox as a background.

You can follow Elisabeth Picard’s work on her website and on Instagram and Facebook.

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Élisabeth Picard 28 septembre 2019 – 5 janvier 2020 Un automne haut en couleur au Centre d’exposition : deux jeunes femmes pleines de vie et d’énergie, profondément engagées dans leurs pratiques artistiques respectives nous proposent tout un monde de forces bouillonnantes. Toutes deux plongent dans la matière. Dans leurs mains, peinture et sculpture vibrent et se jouent de l’espace en pleine lumière. Le sens s’enfonce dans la substance, en son intérieur même. La matière produit des germes qui fouillent au fin fond de l’être alors qu’elle se donne à voir, en direct, portant l’empreinte de savoirs immémoriaux. On reconnaît là aussi bien la main, le geste que l’importance du faire trop souvent négligée en ce monde de plus en plus déshumanisé, virtuel et immatériel. Élisabeth Picard renoue avec la matière brute (Ty-Rap) qu’elle réenchante métissant des techniques artisanales de fabrication textile, tels que la vannerie, le tressage et le nouage. L’intégration de la lumière à ses compositions contribue à la magie de son œuvre. Récipiendaire de nombreuses bourses (CALQ, SODEC, CRSH, FQRSC), la jeune artiste a exposé notamment au Québec, en Ontario, en France, aux États-Unis, en Italie et Malaisie. Déjà, elle a réalisé plusieurs œuvres d’art public, (école, CHSLD) et participé à maintes biennales nationales et internationales et foires d’art. Elle a été reçue en résidence d’artiste (Québec, Terre-Neuve, France); ses œuvres font partie de collections publiques et privées. On peut voir jusqu’au 1er juin 2020 au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, ses fabuleuses Rainbow Mountains que le musée a acquis tout récemment.#elizabethpicard #calq #quebec#canada#art#culture#laurentides

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

4 thoughts on “Zip Code

  1. I have decided not to debate if something is art or craft. I am just an old man and my idea of art is either something you hang on the wall or a 3-D object of some sorts. BUT, from now on I will consider beautiful crats to be art also. So that end that debate. Now to the post today. I feel in love wih a couple of them. Especially the suspended one. Donna sure confused me, I looked at the first picture without scrolling down and reading. I was looking for zip codes like mine 32113. Hal

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  2. These are amazing pieces and I am impressed with what can be achieved using a combination of humble zip ties and a whole lot of talent. I really like the kinesthetic nature of the sculptures too. I don’t know where the line is between arts and crafts. When I was helping to run exhibitions, we started out only allowing art to be submitted but we broadened it to include textile arts and sculptural wood carved vessels. We basically decided that talent and creativity was the determining factor and not a label of categorization.

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