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Isabelle Emmerique

Isabelle Emmerique Lacquerer
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A world of lacquer

  • • Isabelle combines traditional techniques with a modern aesthetic
  • • Her travels to Asia inform her lacquering techniques
  • • She worked on the first restoration of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Isabelle Emmerique knew from an early age that she wanted to be a painter, so while she was finishing her high school studies she passed the entrance exams for art schools and was admitted to ENSAAMA in Paris. After a foundation year exploring various different art forms, her focus turned very quickly towards mural art. However, one day, by chance, she discovered the school’s lacquer workshop and immediately fell in love with it. “I loved everything. I liked the smell, the precision, the calm and the silence of the workshop... I even liked what they wore. And that was it. It's been 41 years now.”

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Passage I

This is one of a series of wooden panels, set with coloured pebbles of lacquer over polyurethane foam. The piece is a play of oppositions: lightness and weight, rough and smooth, matt and glossy, decorated and plain.

Length 250 cm
Width 120 cm

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First Wound

The surface of this lacquered diptych undulates slightly and varies in thickness, creating a three-dimensional effect. The panels are decorated with spherical forms, while the highly polished texture is invitingly tactile.

Height 120 cm
Length 35 cm
Depth 6 cm

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Les portes de Jérusalem: la Porte des Lions

This lacquered wooden panel representing the Lions’ Gate, one of the gates of Jerusalem, depicts a bird’s-eye view of the city, showing its various strata. It reflects upon the archaeology, human memory and a part of world history. Isabelle used a dark lacquer to highlight the bright gold and silver markings delimiting the various landmarks. The lock in the centre symbolises the gate of the title.

Length 70 cm
Width 70 cm

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