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  • Simoneau-Pestel Catherine

Simoneau-Pestel Catherine

  • France
Understanding and integrating a legacy to create something new without attachment to the past.
Catherine grew up and worked in her father’s workshop (lacquer furniture restoring and painting). There she discovered the use of lacquer: a plant resin that serves as a coating for wood. Lacquer has its roots in ancient China and has been used there for over three thousand years, extending throughout Southeast Asia to become an art. Fascinated by her father’s work, Catherine focused on artistic studies and naturally chose to work with this medium. In 1988, her marriage took her to settle in Eure et Loire, where she opened a studio to work on her creations and was approached by an association to be a volunteer teacher of the art and technique of lacquer. Her desire to transmit to others echoes the spiritual heritage of her father and is itself expressed in her painting. This ancient art, from a culture of wisdom and patience, allows the artist to transcribe a deep questioning of life.
First expressed by lacquer on different supports (wood, metal, and plexiglass), Catherine's artistic expression now focuses on a new medium: paper. When diluted, the lacquer is absorbed and penetrates to give a matt and transparent aspect. When thicker, it remains on the surface and folds in successive waves, capturing light. Lacquer, whether vegetable or synthetic, permeates the surface, exhibiting its particular distinction of being both dull and bright, and continues to fascinate the artist. She draws, scratches, prints, and impregnates papers of different textures with lacquer, where it overlaps leaves of silver that have been tarnished with acid. Her works are often abstract, and even if she sometimes gives in to the pleasure of the figurative, it is the material that remains essential.
  • 2002
    Participation in the International Design Exhibition
    Ishikawa, Japan
  • 1988
    Volunteer art courses at the Grains de Soleil association
    Paris, France
  • 1975
    Graduated in Applied Arts
    ENSAAD School in Paris, France
  • 1955
    Birth
    Paris, France

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