Born in Canada in 1957, Catherine Marcogliese has been living and working in France since 1988. While photography is always present in Catherine Marcogliese’s work, she also creates installations by using the resources of the surrounding area.
In 2000, Catherine Marcogliese created Parterre III [Flower-bed III], an installation made with plants in Saint-Benoît Park, Digne-les-Bains.
During her artistic residency in Digne-les-Bains in 2000, Catherine Marcogliese also produced a personal exhibition in the CAIRN Art Centre gallery. For Parterre IV, the artist used the same forms as her outdoor installation Parterre III, but this time the installation covered the floor of the art centre’s gallery. Wood forms are covered with photographs of plants, giving the impression of a mass of vegetation cut according to the pattern of a flower-bed. Here – in contrast with the outdoor flower-bed, which is eventually obliterated by the vegetation – the images of plants are cut according to the shape of the flower-bed. The result is a three-dimensional photographic work which adapts and amplifies the idea of the contrast between structure and chaos.
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