My life’s fragments waiting for reassembly
These fragments lying on the floor of my studio are some of the stencils I drew and cut to create My Life Unfolds, an accordion book included in the exhibition Open Books, which opened at the National Library of Wales on June 30 and runs until September 22. I used the stencils to make monoprints on each of the 52 folds of the accordion, representing significant episodes in my life. Although the book is finished, the multicoloured stencils remain and demand to be reassembled in new and as yet uncharted scenarios.
Born in Paris, raised in South America, USA and Europe, Natalie d’Arbeloff lives in London and has dual nationality, British-American. Her father was Russian, her mother French. Her alter ego is the cartoon character Augustine and her blog is Blaugustine where she sometimes interviews God, among other celebrities. See her website for more about her work as a painter, printmaker, book-artist and cartoonist.