Mathilde Jonquière “Beton Perle”

21, rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75004 Paris
22 nov- 19 dec 2010

We first encounter Mathilde’s work at the three star hotel l’Aiglon, boulevard Raspail, where she worked for two years renovating the rooms and the front wall entrance of the hotel. Few projects use mosaic to this extent ( the hotel’s facade ) and Mathilde seemed very attached to the fact the mosaic could be seen from “the street”. In other words, having worked for private homes from Dubai to Paris, it is very rare the artist gets to see it’s work after its completion. The fact this mosaic is living with the city of Paris was an important part of the process.

Mathilde has an interior designer diploma from Camondo design school in Paris. After reading an article on Pierre Mesguich’s creation, she decided to contact the artist and ask him for an internship in his atelier. Mathilde discovered new materials used in modern mosaic and all the possibilities it offered. She designed for him on such projects as the Printemps shop inside mosaics. In 2000, she opened her own atelier in Paris 18eme  and has been working for hotels as well as private homes.

In her new show at Medley’s, she switch completely from a mosaic approach of covering parts of walls to working with concrete and integrating the mosaic pieces inside “concrete platters”.

Her inspiration varies from contemporary artists Niel Toroni to the filmmaker kiarostami for his photographs “ruissellement pluie et vent “, making it a real link between mosaic and art installation. Our favorite goes to the small and delicate “drops” she creates mixing the harsh raw concrete with splashes of delicate stones colored.

Soon to come : an video interview of Mathilde in her Parisian atelier .



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