Thursday, December 27, 2007

when collage becomes architecture...

henri matisse confessional door

image from the book chapelle du rosaire des dominicaines de vence par henri matisse, 1958.

of course matisse's work for this chapel is well known, but i really love this door to the confessional. it seems a perfect translation from a collage of paper cut outs into physical form - particularly before computer/laser cutting made such things possible without the need of human hands. here one is confronted with a rigid plane that retains much of the original qualities of a thin membrane of shapes with tiny openings for for shared air, small streams of light, and quiet voices.

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