barricade: noun 1. a defensive barrier hastily constructed, as in a street, to stop an enemy. 2. any barrier that obstructs passage.
|Barricade, 2010, Nathalie Bandulet|
Detail, Barricade, Tree branches, cotton, plaster and acrylic
162 x 162 x 10 cm, Nathalie Bandulet
Turning into the main space of the gallery is a large installation of vines, really almost trunks of vines suspended into the space and leaving shadow drawings of line on the walls around it. Every time you move the lines and shadows are redrawn. I love this piece.
Coup de foudre (Love at first sight / Struck by lightning), 2012, Nathalie Bandulet
Natural vines, charcoal and acrylic, Approx. 6 x 3,5 meters, Nathalie Bandulet
Another work is Embûches (Ambushes, hazards and traps), Nathalie very kindly translated all the titles and descriptions for me.
|Embûches, 2010, Nathalie Bandulet|
|Detail, showing the carving, Embûches, 2010, Nathalie Bandulet|
The last work I took photos of is fascinating. It looks like a rubbing from the trunk of a tree, then she has used red thread to delineated the negative spaces. This is what Nathalie says "For this piece, the bark of a huge dead tree was printed on a large cotton cloth and later the texture (scars and wounds) was repaired with surgical stitches in a healing process. If we observe a split on a tree bark, we can see that the tissues grow back to seal the injury like a scar on our skin. Relics of a past of suffering, but also a testimony of our capacity to heal ourselves."
Cicatrices (Scars), 2008-2010, Nathalie Bandulet
|Detail, Cicatrices (Scars), 2008-2010, Nathalie Bandulet|
N.B. I noticed that the invitation for Nathalie's show lists the opening hours as Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, not Thursday as listed on their web site. To see more of Nathalie's work please visit her web site. [Link here]