Nathalie Quagliotto’s work deals with agitated relationships between objects and between people. She often employs humour, play, and disruptive situations in her sculptures. Within the context of conceptual art, her sculptural practice involves potential actions or reactions from the public. She uses the colour “Safety Yellow” because of its public meaning of caution, awareness, and attention. Quagliotto often uses the double as a signifier of a push and pull situation to address co-operation and problematic relationships.
FRIEND is a neon artwork that lights to first read “FRIEND”, changing every 15 seconds to read “FIEND”, then “FEND”, then “END”.
The work alludes to the dubious relationships we make with other people on social media networks. In line with this year’s Art Souterrain Festival theme of “True or False”, it questions the volatile status of our associations with those whom we know and those whom we think we know on a day-to-day basis, and how quickly connections can change. What’s real and what’s fake when it comes to relationships?
Curator : Art Souterrain