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Capucine Bourcart
Lot #115

Nid-De-Poule #9, 2018

Art fine photo paper, acid-free glue, acid-free tissue paper, archival varnish.

 

14 x13 x 2"

In my search for colors and textures, I looked down on my feet and I created a new series I named "Nid-de-Poule." Nid-de-poule, has a double meaning in French: it literally means “hen’s nest,” but it is also used to mean “pothole,” as in those attributes of so many New York City streets. I was pregnant when I was taking pictures of painted pavements in New York. This physical change made me look down at my feet more frequently, and I discovered to my great surprise the beauty and the richness of the painted parts of the streets. The sculptural round shape of the artworks reminds me the two meanings put together.  Pregnancy is beautiful but it is a long road until delivery, with lots of changes but also difficulties both mentally and physically—you have to make so many adjustments in your life. My Nid-de-poule collages reveal all that: the nest, the beauty and the danger of carrying a new life that may arise from the process of just living one’s life.

Artist's Bio:

Bourcart immigrated to the United States and has called New York, specifically Harlem her home since 2006. She grew up in Alsace (the Germanic region of Eastern France) and identifies as French with Vietnamese heritage. Bourcart’s mixed media assemblages and photo collages employ a wide range of techniques, informed by her own multicultural background and the work of artisans explored through extensive travel. Primarily a self-taught artist, trained in New York at the International Center of Photography, where she was also an Assistant Teacher. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Colorado, Oregon, North Carolina, Missouri, France and Switzerland.

Artist's Website: https://www.capucinebourcart.com/