Isabelle grew up in a small village in Northern France, and moved toBostonin 1984. In 2002, she moved toNew York Cityto study sculpture at the New York Academy of Art, and decided to stay.
New York Cityhas 5 boroughs:Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn andStaten Island. Isabelle lives inBrooklyn, in a neighborhood called Bay Ridge.New York Cityis an immigrant city and is very diverse: almost 36% of the people were born outside of the United Stated, and as many as 800 languages are spoken there. It is very densely populated and apartments tend to be very small… so people eat out a lot! There are many restaurants: from fine dining to street vendors, who sell anything from hot dogs to falafel sandwiches.
Isabelle makes all her art with plastic bags: she draws on plastic, sculpts with it, and also makes large outdoor installations. Last year, she completed Knit for Trees on Governors Island inNew York City, and Forces of Nature for the Carving Studio andSculptureCenterinVermont. Both projects used plastic bags as yarn, which were then knitted and fitted around trees.
In Cheng-Long, Isabelle will work with the children and the community for the project Invasive Species. Plastic bags will be collected and cut, and will then be crocheted in the shape of vine leaves. The leaves will be attached to fishing nets and wrapped around a building, so the vines will look like they are taking over the structure.
Isabelle has never traveled toAsia, and she is looking forward to eating the food there!
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