I work with a mixture of collage and installation, exploring the relationship between exterior and interior spaces through a process of disrupting scale and architecture. I am interested in the idea of collecting and memory within the confines of the spaces we live in: How the objects we accumulate remind us of people or events. The figure is always absent from my compositions but traces of past occupancy are felt through the selection of objects and furniture that are included.
Novels are integral form of inspiration for my work. In The Glass Room (Simon Mawer, 2009) one of the central characters quotes Breton saying “I shall live in my glass house where you can always see who comes to call, where everything hanging from the ceiling stays where it is as if by magic, where I sleep nights in a glass bed, under glass sheets, where the words who I am will sooner or later appear etched like a diamond” which I feel expresses well the concept of what I am attempting to represent through my collages. As though my collages are transparent and one is able to see through the walls and the inside and outside co-exist.
My current work investigates the effect of painting on blocks of colour with gouache to images of interiors. The paint is used as an editing tool to carefully select what parts of the image to show and which to hide. Leaving certain elements, i.e. furniture, floating in a sea of colour. The pictorial space is flattened through the addition of colour, which I hope disorientates and dislocates the viewer. The images I use are carefully selected to be setup or aspirational interiors from mid 20th century interior design books, which acts to further disengage the experience of my work from the reality of lived in spaces. I am interested in how colour was added to black and white photography to strengthen the memory before the invention of colour photography.
Guinamard recently completed her PgDip at Chelsea College of Art and Design and graduated from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford in 2007. Shortly after graduating she was short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007. In 2008 she was included in ARTfutures and the Red Mansion Art Prize exhibition, following a residency in Beijing. In 2009 she was commissioned by the Royal Mail to design a special edition stamp for the 2012 Olympics.
Layout of four ELLE subscription covers for Gareth Pugh, Luella, Matthew Williamson and Giles Deacon
Including folded books with designed name cards, hand painted table names and menu design