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bèatrice coron: the whole nine yards

It is difficult to pin down a description for Bèatrice Coron – book artist, paper cutter, conceptual artist, sculptor and inventor are all words that come to mind.  Coron’s work spans micro and macro as she invents a situation, a city, or a world through her meticulous silhouette paper cuttings.


Invisible Cities, cut Tyvek, 9 yards long (click image to see it large)

The scale of the paper cuttings (she uses Tyvek for its durability) is almost impossible to capture in pictures – you really have to see them in person or look closely at the many detail pictures on her website of the many different parts of each cutting. The work is stunning not just because of the intricacy of the cuts, but the ideas and stories that she develops through these silhouettes.

Invisible Cities, detail (click image to learn more about this papercutting)

“My “Invisible Cities” are three nine-yard long papercuttings completed in 2008. I cut the three layers together, then separately. While the skylines are similar, the papercuttings show different versions of a world in transition. The “whole nine yards” format requires viewers to discover the territories as in an atlas, where every place is connected.” Bèatrice Coron

Heavens , cut Tyvek
(part of an installation titled “Hells and Heavens” – see more about this piece below)

“My silhouettes are a language I have developed over the years; my point of view is both detailed and monumental. Cutting from a single piece of material, the profusion of individual stories creates a coherent universe.” Bèatrice Coron

Heavens, detail

“In my graphic style, windows are used not to see out but in, placing the spectator in an outsider/insider situation. Shadows, reminiscent of film noir and voyeurism, leaves room for multiple interpretations.” Bèatrice Coron

This 2 minute video was shot by the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), where Coron’s “Heavens and Hells” is part of the exhibition “Slash: Paper Under the Knife” (until April 4, 2010). She cut the piece during a three-week residency at the museum last year and in the video she is shown cutting part of the Tyvek installation as she talks about the meaning behind the work.  There is also a mind boggling time-lapse sequence of the work. More about “Heavens and Hells” here.


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3 Responses to bèatrice coron: the whole nine yards

  1. Hearing the artist discuss the work is enlightening. Having her identify the meaning of her iconography and the overall intent of the work–on a grand as well as more personal level–makes the fabulous craftsmanship all the more meaningful. Thank you for sending this, Wendy.

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