Several years ago I had the pleasure of attending a production in the Paris Opera House. Sadly, I cannot remember the name of the opera I saw that evening but I was struck by the luminescent, and ethereal paper sculptures that were perched on either end of the large scale counters in the lobby. It just so happened that over the next few days I would see the unique sculptures again in shop windows and in a gallery in downtown Paris. They were so lovely that I had to know more.
About Papier à êtres
The award-winning artist team Sophie Mouton-Perrat and Frédéric Guibrunet have worked with paper for over a decade—each in their own way. They met in 2007 and by 2008 they were collaborating on "common creations, lighting sculptures, diaphanous and light."
Sophie attended art school and began working with paper by folding it and creating in paper mâché. Frédéric graduated with a degree in chemistry and is self-taught in paper-making. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States to find the best techniques. He works only in white.
To create the Mademoiselle series (see photos above) Frédéric develops the lower part while Sophie shapes the top, figurative part. It is a true collaboration of talent and skill.
"He structured the paper, she poetized it.
She exhibited in Paris, he in Toronto,
they met to Brouage.
And there was born the union of two beings of paper.
Since their works were outdone (Toronto, Paris ...) and seduced :
the gallery of the Opera of Paris, Charmey, TAAJ, Fleux
the Museum of the decorative arts of Paris,
the gallery Talents, Van Cleef & Arpels ...
Their works are long-lasting, realized with attention
and respect for the pleasure of their buyers."
Thank you Sophie & Frédéric for sharing your beautiful and inspiring work with us. We are huge fans and are daydreaming about a life size piece in our homes one day! What began as my simple inquiry for a table top sculpture has developed into a complete fascination—bordering on obsession!
There is much more to see from this creative team—if you have a moment jump onto their website. Visit the PAPIER À ÊTRES® site HERE / Facebook Page HERE
All photos ©Fabrice Besse.