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
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