“THE BIG CHANGE.”
Nathalie is French, from Paris. She’s an architect. She met Tim, her husband, some years ago in Texas during an inspirational escape. Tim is an artist. They fell in love, and Tim moved to Paris.
From a city trip to Antwerp, they both crushed with the Harbour City. They decided to move to Antwerp when they found a unique setting for their dream. An old industrial factory in the Red District Area. They took several years to break the walls and shape their nest from scratch.
Today Paris Texas Antwerp is a cutting edge multidisciplinary space, where everything can happen. It’s a meeting spot for artistic dialogue, a gallery and an event space. Nathalie and Tim also have their living space on the 1st floor.
This situation allows Tim to focus 100% on his artistic development. Not only as a visual artist, but also as curator of the gallery. The gallery creates opportunities to meet other artists, to engage cross overs. A particular energy that inspires both Tim and Nathalie in their work and life.
On the other hand, Nathalie is getting back to the roots. She connects with materiality to create scenic spaces. The big change compared to her life as an architect, is that thanks to Paris Texas Antwerp, she lives within her atelier where she can manipulate and experiment her own fantasies.
The way of working has not changed from the interpretational approach, but changed completely in the process how to realise ideas. This results in the fact of instead of answering on client’s demands, today she can suggest her work to an artistic audience. We talked to Nathalie to step into in her curious Wonderland.
Word chosen by Nathalie : EMOTION.
The last time you use / hear / experienced this word or expression?
Very easy to me. Every day I need emotion. In my creation, my ideas, but most of all, I feel emotion in Belgian Design. It’s completely “out of the box”. Not like French design, where we feel a certain rigidity. In Belgian Design, you feel a particular artistic language recognised on a worldwide scale. Reason why is probably related to the surrealistic movement.
The philosophy of the dream, as a secondary layer. People who don’t take themselves too seriously, with a twist of humour. Maybe because of its situation “in between” two big neighbour countries. But anyway, there’s a real personal spirit in the creative process.
What is the inherent emotion you feel in this word or expression?
Excitement. No doubt. It’s dynamic. Something I express in every creation. A kind of well being. When people enters my installations / spaces, I am seeking to generate the inherent emotion. From this instant, my prior goal is that the visitor interprets the emotion from his own feelings. Coming back consciously to himself/herself. My work on atmospheres, is to propose a field of emotion, to let go, and give birth to the individual interpretation.
Which object / shape do you see in this word or expression?
An organic feeling. Close to the body. Physical. The body, both the psyche as the physical state, is the essence of my work. The philosophic trigger, the start. I propose a setting where the body will enter, following on this perception, the psyche will get activated to finally result and come back to a physical reaction, a state of well being. We are one only body. Head and body work together.
How is this word or expression related to you or your work?
Emotion is above all a complex matter to understand. For example , I experience this in my travels. The confrontation with other types of cultures, civilisations, daily rituals. All this package will affect your comfort zone. It’s fundamental. I travelled a lot to Morocco and India to study behaviours. Artistically, I feel very attracted by Primitive Art from Africa, South America...This permanent research of the “unknown” is my only fuel for creativity. Once I understand or control a certain tool or language, be sure that in short terms I will quit.
Which material would you associate with this word or expression?
Fabrics. The connection to tactility. To touch and manipulate them. This instant dialogue - touch vs reaction. I perceive fabrics like a kind of second skin. A very physical sensation. Felt is actually a fabric that reminds me an elephant’s skin. Something rough, but at the same time subtle, with an affection for detail.
Thinking about cork, can you imagine an object linked to this word or expression?
What touched me the most is the last exhibition about Studio Corkinho. How the material of cork was presented. To discover the beauty of the bark, as a treasure of emotions. The colour, the layers, the sculpture... So surprising...the harvest is connected to a context to the heat, the nature, the dryness. This exhibition channels you directly towards its culture, its origin, its roots.
Which word / expression / value / quote is omnipresent in your life... To pass on.