Image: Philip Carr
DOMINIQUE DE BEIR
Dominique De Beir lives and works in Paris. She is known for her delicate 2D work using different types of paper, and for inventing quirky, vicious looking tools for poking holes into it.
In the past few years though De Beir has moved into creating large scale, architectural constructions made of perforated cardboard. These structures echo the Block Houses, derelict military fortifications often pockmarked by conflict, that can be found on both sides of the Channel. Odd leftover places, they have become eerie and mysterious refuges, hideaways for fictional adventures and thresholds for youthful excursions into the unknown.
De Beir concerns herself with the notion of polymorphism, the ability of a material to exist in more than one form. The architectural structures she makes appear robust but are actually quite fragile.
As well as many shows in France, Dominique has had her work exhibited in Germany, Holland and Sicily. Her most recent exhibitions have been at L’H du Siège, Valenciennes, the Maison de Culture in Amiens and in a church in Trémeur, a small village in Brittany. This was the first solo exhibition of her work in the UK.