51 dossier Richard Leydier ——— Aside from a few projects, Guillemette Coutellier had not exhibited much until now; she worked in film, alongside directors such as Sophie Letourneur, to whom we owe (2014) and (June 2020). Her drawings consist in enlarged photographic prints on top of which she paints with acrylic. Not so long ago, she would pick them out of her old photos; now she takes pictures deliberately, imagining what could appear in them. Namely, monsters. In the holiday images with children, in the South-West of France near Bassin d’Arcachon, in Sicily, in a picnic scene or a summer family meal – monstrous figures turn up in happy moments. They are like the images’ subconscious, and at the same time, they represent a kind of liberation. The artist, aware of this slightly distressing atmosphere, evokes her childhood, spent in a charismatic Catholic church cult, which her parents had joined. There is always someone watching you, whether from behind a tree in a strange forest or from a gloomy nook. Guillemette Coutellier is currently preparing a book of drawings in the form of a leporello. Translation: Jessica Shapiro Gaby Baby Doll Énorme « Sans titre ». 2019. Acrylique sur photographie. Acrylic on photograph
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