Blue Club Chairs , 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 94 x 90.5 inches
Pink Hybrid Chair , 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 64 x 48 inches
Tall Pink Chair, 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 78 x 40 inches
Paternot’s highly narrative work, poetically deconstructs the chair, humanizing the artist’s collection of vintage Belle Epoque furniture. These portraits eroticize the everyday household object, unveiling their desires and vulnerabilities.
Her larger than life canvases, transports the viewer back to the era of the woman’s boudoir, referencing Edith Wharton, and Georges Perec in a mysterious dialogue about the language and seduction of furniture.
The vintage chairs have belonged to someone else, but are now witnessing the artist’s eccentric and transient life. They are an inventory of her home, where she has slept, cried, loved and laughed. Not only do they reflect her nomadic and bohemian lifestyle, the portraits reflect past spirits, past relationships, past separations, to show the chairs personal sex lives
Her fascination for Chinese calligraphy, and Japanese anime, has led her to develop techniques using acrylic washes and ink in a very flat perspective. Her strong gestural lines create giant sensual drawings painted on canvas. Constructed in multiple pieces of panels, Paternot’s canvases are specifically designed to facilitate packing and shipping to a new destination. As context is important to Paternot, her work is usually presented as an installation, with real furniture.