Yvonne Lacet

The Netherlands, Amsterdam & Nijmegen Galerie Bart

With her work, Yvonne searches for archetypical images of modern city spaces. Places that everyone recognizes instantly. The suburbs with blocks of flats, shopping malls with similar shops everywhere, parks with perfectly cut rows of trees and bushes. Places without many specific characteristics, the so called non-places, places which are spread around the world like building blocks. But also places that are part of everyone’s existence: the park out of your childhood, the view from the bedroom window, the parking space at the supermarket.

From her own observations and images from the internet and computer games, she creates sketches which she then develops into paper sculptures. Eventually these sculptures are photographed. By means of photography Yvonne create a frame within which she can layer nuances of realism.

Yvonne enjoys working with paper and cardboard because of the simplicity of the material - a white piece of paper almost stands as a symbol for 'empty' or 'blank'. 
When creating the scenes she doesn’t hide seams, cuts and glue spots, for she believes that these are aspects that contribute to the experience of the cityscapes as quickly developed scenery, often destined to exist only briefly.

Squares, rectangles, circles are her working areas from which she builds her sculptures. She often limits herself to the most simple forms. Details as windows, doors, curtains are hardly present. Only the basis remains. The paper sculptures can be seen as models without paint or decoration, a characterless blankness, with still a strong resemblance to the living world.