Since childhood, Ana Paúl has been enchanted by paper. Whilst growing up, paper became her palette for changing moods and collage became her language.
The simplicity and possibility of paper as a medium has remained her life-long fascination. The transformative quality of this humble yet noble material and the influence of Orientalism with its delicacy, mystery and use of colour underpins all her work.
Ana Paúl’s work plays with contrast – the linear and the curvaceous; nature and artifice; East and West. She explores the confluence of these opposites to create a harmonious balance.
Her early Kaftan pieces pay homage to this iconic cultural dress. Layering and depth is achieved using the linear nature of paper and the decorative motifs are made using traditional artisan stamps.
In the Apapyrooos series, nature’s simplicity becomes her inspiration and the subtlety of color and detail her focus. Each petal is carefully considered and paint is used on different paper types to give life to a variety of textures and tones.
The Forests are dominant in her work and paper is used in a sculptural way to create an ethereal composition. Color plays a major role.
In the Wood serie Ana wants to bring nature throughout our living space by mimicking nature through her unique interpretation.
The connexion that trees have with the Earth and Universe is a constant theme in Ana’s works, continuously and consistently interpreting them in various forms.
“I am captivated by Trees and Forests, by their beauty and mistery. While the world is constantly changing in a frenetically dangerous way, Trees in contrast remain steady and rooted, giving us the feeling of security.
The Tree trunk and its roots represent stability, branches suggest movement and leaves remember us of the ephemeral, showing an amazing contrast of Strength and Fragility.
The inner structure of Forests, the almost architectural connection among Trees, the openings for paths, the green ceilings of wood and leaves are the perfect scenarios for our hideaways.
Entering into the Forest is always a mysterious experience, provoking the deepest connection we as humans can experience to our planet and ourselves.»
Ana Paúl was born in Barcelona and grew up in this vibrant, Mediterranean city.
She then spent 20 years in Paris working for major speciality retail stores seeking out new, up and coming designers. Engaged in the heady world of fashion and surrounded by creatives from the film, art and design sectors she drew much inspiration from the talent around her.
She lives and works today between Barcelona and Madrid.
1986 – 2013 Paper Works – early series (see pictures below)
2009 West Dean College, UK — Course in Paper Engineering
2015 – 2017 Kaftans collages series
2017 – 2019 Tree & Forest Apapyrooos Series
2018 Gallerie Bettina, Paris (Sept to Dec.)
2018 Selected by Patricia Urquiola for Mandarin Hotel, Barcelona.
2018 – Ongoing Forest and Woods series
2019 Baró House, Madrid (July to Dec.)
2019 In Josep Maria Civit’s Contemporary Art Collection among others.
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Below pictures of early collages from 1986 to 2009
Collage, Paris 1986
Collage, Paris 1996
Collage, West Dean College 2009