Crystalline 

Milada Mladova (New York 1939)

Milada Mladova (New York 1939)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage. Unique 23 x 18 cm 2010

Ananda

Ananda

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper photo collage. Unique 2017

Flashchenstrahlinge.

Flashchenstrahlinge.

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Gita

Gita

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper photo collage. Unique 2017

Angelica

Angelica

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Gita (II)

Gita (II)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage. Unique 2017

The Screenwriter

The Screenwriter

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Stella

Stella

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper photo collage. Unique 2017

The Author

The Author

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Neon Noir

Neon Noir

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Lauren

Lauren

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 2010

Neon Noir

Neon Noir

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Echinidea Igelsterne

Echinidea Igelsterne

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Cubist Epoch

Cubist Epoch

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Samsara

Samsara

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Mourning Electra

Mourning Electra

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 2010

The Sign of the cross

The Sign of the cross

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Isabella

Isabella

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Amber

Amber

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Diamond Cut (starlet (I)

Diamond Cut (starlet (I)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Pentacrinus

Pentacrinus

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 32.5 x 19.5 cm 2010

Chrystal Time (Eva)

Chrystal Time (Eva)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Eliette Von Karajan, (Austria 1958)

Eliette Von Karajan, (Austria 1958)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Collage Unique 21 x 30 cm 2010

Candelabra

Candelabra

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper Collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Ginger Rogers (New York) 1936

Ginger Rogers (New York) 1936

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Sorella

Sorella

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Carmen Dell' Orifice (New York 1947)

Carmen Dell' Orifice (New York 1947)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage. Unique 22.5 x 18 cm 2010

Isabelle

Isabelle

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Chrystal Time (Loren)

Chrystal Time (Loren)

BY CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper Collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm Framed 2010

Maria Calas, (New York)1952

Maria Calas, (New York)1952

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 24.5 x 21 cm 2010

Adoration

Adoration

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Chrystal Time (Diana)

Chrystal Time (Diana)

CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 2010

Bella

Bella

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Marilyn and the Matrix

Marilyn and the Matrix

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 25 cm 2010

The Bride

The Bride

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 28.4 x 21 cm 2010

Mirror Mirror (1)

Mirror Mirror (1)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 26 x 20 cm 2010

Mirror Mirror (2)

Mirror Mirror (2)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper Collage Unique 27.5 x 17.3 cm 2010

Mirror Mirror (3)

Mirror Mirror (3)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper Collage Unique 27 x 16.6 cm 2010

Mirror Mirror (4)

Mirror Mirror (4)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 32.5 x 19.5 cm 2010

Mirror Mirror (5)

Mirror Mirror (5)

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 25.6 x 18.6 cm 2010

Primavera

Primavera

by CLAIRE PESTAILLE Paper collage Unique 2010

Crystalline 

 

The Crystalline project, inspired by Deleuze's writings on crystal-time in Cinema II, is a collection of disrupted vintage photographs, film stills and studio portraiture of women from various periods in history. The project started by my interest in  the golden age of Hollywood and the stylised studio portraiture which was adopted to advertise actors and the current film which they were promoting.  These portraits become geometrically divided, squared, cut and duplicated. The images are reassembled like a jigsaw puzzle within the format of a grid in order to produce a fractured circuit or a simultaneous double. The grid becomes both the compositional and conceptual device for the theatrics of the deconstruction of the collage to take place, an arena where identity is questioned, formed, reconstructed and at times made unrecognisable. The Crystalline project started in 2010, however the process of collecting the images probably started back in my teenage years and is a process/project/collection which is on going. Recently I have created more art work for this collection and the grid format has altered; triangles and spheres have appeared and a more relaxed grid like construction has begun to form.

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