Waiting in Limbo: The vaporous, smoldering art of Belleville artist Catherine Olivier

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Catherine Olivier, “Touchée.” Pyrogravure on fabric. ©Catherine Olivier.

By Paul Ben-Itzak
Text copyright 2012 Paul Ben-Itzak

First published on October 5, 2012. Catherine Olivier is one of the 11 artists featured in the group show Apparition/Disparition: Arpenter le temps et l’espace, running at the Gallery of the Associated Artists of Belleville in Paris October 27 – November 6, with a vernissage opening night beginning at 6 p.m.. Images courtesy and copyright Catherine Olivier.

PARIS — As a child growing up on an isolated farm in the Loire Valley on the crest of and impatient for great adventures, Catherine Olivier developed a fertile inner life, an apprenticeship of imagination that served her well when, armed with a diploma from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts d’Angers, she moved to Paris some 20 years ago to study at the highly selective Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, eventually settling in the hilly northeastern quarter of Belleville, where the colony of artists strives to create work as expansive as the vistas of Paris they look out on from its heights.

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