How complex is the core of life, how complex its representation? In her artistic paper works llse Pierard (Vilvoorde, 1976) focusses on the abstracted form of a cell, the basic and the smallest unit of life. Her intriguing and fragile paper works in their reduced oval shape are an ode to the cell.

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The artist’s concern is to represent the timeless aesthetic harmony and beauty of an existential truth with a simple yet intense distillate of her own artistic material and language. In her working process she explores a wide range of everyday handicraft paper and wrapping material: transparent paper, silk paper as well as craft paper, metal foil or cellophane sheet. Accepting wear marks alongside the edges and corners – traces of use and handling – the artist emphasizes both their fragility and power hidden within.