Pure Di­vin­ity

Arabella - - YSABEL LEMAY - Brett An­ning­son

There is some­thing dif­fer­ent and al­lur­ing about Austin, Texas. It is young and hip, the cur­rent mu­sic capi­tol of the US and just a cool place to hang out. It is also where you will find Ys­abel Lemay work­ing on her latest se­ries of hy­per-col­lage. "To be short and sweet, I re­cently moved to Austin af­ter spend­ing the last six years in Florida," she ex­plains. "I am orig­i­nally from Que­bec City and a no­mad by na­ture. I do have a sense of want­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences and so I keep do­ing dif­fer­ent things; a lit­tle but­ter­fly tast­ing life." Not only is Austin a great place to live, it also has an eco­sphere Ys­abel had yet to ex­pe­ri­ence, the desert. "For me, it is all about the joy­ful mo­ments," she says, "a healthy lifestyle, con­stant move­ment that pro­vides new ex­pe­ri­ences... I get inspired when I place my­self in a po­si­tion of re­cep­tiv­ity – where I can re­ceive ideas and im­pro­vise with them. My work is highly in­stinc­tual. Just like a jazz player, some­thing sets the tone and I go from there." De­scrib­ing her­self as self-taught, Ys­abel's cur­rent cre­ations ap­pear to be amaz­ingly in­tri­cate na­ture paint­ings. It is only upon closer in­spec­tion that you re­al­ize each work is com­posed of hun­dreds, per­haps thou­sands, of pho­to­graphs in­tri­cately re­ar­ranged to cre­ate some­thing new. "It is a spir­i­tual pur­suit," says Ys­abel. "I am re­ally try­ing to cap­ture Na­ture's di­vin­ity which is all around us. It is liv­ing, trans­form­ing and it never ceases to in­spire me. I let her lead through­out the

pre­vi­ous spread, Life 1, archival pig­ment print, 59" x 84"

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