|Dimensions||17 x 24 x 1 cm|
Published by common-editions and Stinsensqueeze
Edition of one thousand, 2015
An exploration of human behaviour through the visual correspondence of a failed relationship, with all of the associated feelings of love, desire, resentment and regret. Thirty unique coloured pencil drawings, loosely folded and unbound allow for multiple readings and interpretations of the bande dessinée.
Acquired by MoMA, Oslo National Academy of the Arts Library, Swarthmore College, Lafayette College and SAIC Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection.
|Dimensions||17 x 24 x 1 cm|
Marie Jacotey’s book Dear Love who should have been forever mine is a fascinating work. Part book, part portfolio, the pages detail a love affair between a young couple, illustrated in Marie’s trademark pencil style. The pages are loose leaf, giving the viewer the option to read them in any chosen order; the story can begin and conclude at any place, leaving a myriad of possible readings. “This specific book format was born from this notion of fragments at the foreground of my work; indeed I envision my drawings as photographic snapshots, suspended moments excerpted from a bigger story. It made sense with this idea of the recollection of a break up, fading memories awkwardly pieced back together, to have loose pages that you could read distinctively from each other and shuffle with not further care of a specific order.”
The book itself is a collaboration between Marie and common-editions and Stinsensqueeze, the latter a design studio based in London and Paris, set up by graduates Stina Gromark & Louise Naunton Morgan from the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins. They describe Marie’s project as “part introspection, part emotional exchange”. “‘Dear Love’ was born from a shared desire between STSQ and I to collaborate,” explains Marie. “They visited my studio, where we discussed about my practice and, from there, they came to me with this idea of an object in between a book and portfolio for me to invest. Common-editions got involved at that stage and really helped us to give birth to the project.” Often seguing into dark, difficult territory, her illustrations have a universality that appeal across the board – there’s something about simple colouring pencils that create a nostalgic feeling that’s simultaneously comforting and unsettling.
Unlike many KALEID selected artists over the years, Marie’s work differs in that the majority of it is already available and viewable online, on a tumblr page that also serves as her website. Frequently the artists’ book is key as a tool of dissemination; less so in this case, when to many who buy the book the work will already be familiar. The book is a precisely curated object, says Marie; therein lies her interest in making one. “[It has] a specific and self sufficient narrative, independant from other works; not differently so from the way I’d consider a painting work, for instance. Images of it, on Tumblr or Instagram or else, are as far of the actual object than they would be of an actual painting: that is to say, they are documentation of the piece but not the piece itself.”
Born in France in1988, Marie Jacotey graduated from an image course at the National Superior School of Decorative Arts in Paris (ENSAD) in 2011 and from an MA in printmaking at the Royal College of Arts in 2013. She had her first solo-show in Paris in March 2013, ‘Shiny shiny’, and has been part of shows in France, Greece and England in the last year.