Christine Mathieu, l'onirisme japonais
A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Christine Mathieu defines herself as a multi-disciplinary and undisciplined artist. “My interest in foreignliterature, my work as a graphic designer on historic and memorial sites, my artistic proposals
based on heritage objects, and my attraction to ethnographic collections provide mewith a range of possibilities to travel in time and space.”
“My attention is particularly focused on objects connected to women’s history. Daily objectsdevoted to feminine tasks, which bear witness to the intensity of this work down through
time, across societies and cultures. And then there is finery. Wearing an ornament is not accidental. Every set of finery communicates information. These objects are charged with
Christine Mathieu’s artistic work visits the ancestral symbolism of these objects that areso ordinary and so extraordinary. In the wake of Louise Bourgeois and Ghada Amer, via
Annette Messager, many of her productions also invest the field of textile design.
Winning the national photography schools competition on graduating from the Ecole NationaleSupérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Christine Mathieu exhibited her images for
the first time. After a 3-year residency/collaboration at the American Art Center in Paris, where she received support from CMAP (Photography Department of the American Center
for Artists) to experiment with new media, she founded L’épicerie, the graphic studio which, ever since, has been producing work for public buildings: museums, cultural and
social facilities. (colour – material – graphic design – artistic proposals).
Over the same period, her participation in events focusing on original graphic creations in France led to her being asked to create artistic installations. Since 2002, the end results of
her artistic explorations have also been manifested in constantly renewed forms of photography.
Today her images are included in national and international exhibitions and collections.