Selected works by Noémie Goudal

Noémie Goudal
Les Amants (Cascade)

2009

C-type, lightjet print

168 x 210 cm

Noémie Goudal has long been drawn to the meeting point of nature and culture, or as she puts it, the organic as “invaded” by the man-made. Goudal also feels a strong attraction to the theatre, and combines the two leanings in the series Les Amants (the Lovers), in which Cascade and Promenade play a part. However, the two works address the issues in different ways: the one is a photograph of a theatrical installation, its school-play hokeyness meant to underline its absurdity; the other is a staging where a photograph plays the main role. On both stages, real nature is relegated to best-supporting actress.

Noémie Goudal
Les Amants (Promenade)

2010

C-type, lightjet print

168 x 198 cm

A cascading waterfall and a burbling brook in a forest glen... No matter how many times we’ve seen them in bad paintings, they still hold a deep attraction for all but the most hardened urbanite. And yet water has had to give way to plastic, a word which has become synonymous with ’cheap’ and ’false’. Back in another century, a seer by the name of Warhol forced us to admit that our environment didn’t have much of anything natural left in it and that it was time to set aside the old idols and install new ones. Let’s face it: we can’t live without plastic. It courses through our lives. If anything, that modest waterfall is set to become a raging torrent.
Nor is there more hope for an accommodation with nature in Promenade. The route ahead offers a way forward, but does not exactly inspire confidence. We’ve loved the land to death, Goudal suggests, or as the song goes, ’we always hurt the one we love.’

Text by William A Ewing

Noémie Goudal
Trail (from the series Haven Her Body Was)

2012

Lightjet print

168 x 205 cm
Noémie Goudal
Iceberg (from the series Haven Her Body Was)

2012

Lightjet print

168 x 205 cm
Noémie Goudal
Combat (from the series Haven Her Body Was)

2012

Lightjet print

166 x 188 cm

Articles

NOÉMIE GOUDAL CATLIN ART PRIZE ARTIST NUMBER 5
May 17th, 2011, FAD

Noémie is the final nominee we are featuring from The Catlin Art Prize below she answers some of FAD questions and you can tread her biog.
1 If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
I would probably be a paediatrician.
2 Name 3 of your favourite artists.
I don’t have favorites, they change all the time! But maybe two that are constant, the choreographer Sidi Larbi Sherkaoui and the writer Haruki Murakami.
3 What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?
This is a very difficult question; I constantly exchange ideas with my peers and find all responses interesting as each of them opens up new perspectives. A while ago, a journalist talked about ‘heterotopias’ in relation to my work, which I thought was very relevant.
4 Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!
Yes and no. Yes because it is how I make a living. And no because on a daily basis, most the people I talk about my work with don’t know and don’t care about how much it costs.
5 What are the three big ideas that you would like your work to express?
Alternate, Perspectives, and Fluidity.
6 How do you start the process of making work?
I take the train.
7. What’s next for you?
The continuation of the series ‘Haven her Body Was’ until a solo show in March next year. The first pieces will be shown at Catlin Art Prize next week.

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Source: fadwebsite.com


CLASS OF 2010: PLASTIC ARTS
01 June 2010, by Diane Smyth, British Journal of Photography

Noémie Goudal studied graphic design and illustration before getting into photography, and perhaps that’s still evident in her work. As this image shows, her speciality is creating fantastical scenarios, part natural and part artificial, which test the viewer’s perceptions. “I wanted to mix the two worlds to see how they interact,” she tells BJP. “I wanted to see how much you can enter either the make believe or the real.”
This image took two days to make, with Goudal and a friend spending hours tweaking the plastic before she finally took the shot. She used a 5×4 camera to allow her to print big, creating a 1.4×1.1m image to envelop the viewer in another reality. It was painstaking to create, but she doesn’t mind – otherwise she finds photography can be disconcertingly quick.
But finding the time to make this kind of work proved difficult, which is why she signed up for an MA on the prestigious Royal College of Art course two years ago. This image is from her final exhibition, the RCA’s Show One open until 06 June. “I was very attracted to the whole set up [at the RCA],” she says. “
Goudal took her BA at Central St Martins, working for The Guardian, The Telegraph, *Wallpaper and more before devoting herself to her postgraduate studies. Now that she’s finished she hopes to continue in fine art, though she admits to some nerves about what the future will bring. Hopefully the camaraderie of her college years will see her through – she’s got together with nine other students to form the Hal Silver collective, and together they’ve hired a studio in The Woodmill, south London.

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Source: bjp-online.com


OTHER’S LOVERS: CASCADE BY NOEMIE GOUDAL
October 2010, by Nobuko Tannawa, Another

Nobuko Tannawa is a freelance fashion stylist based in London. She chose London-based artist Noémie Goudal's photograph Les Amants (Cascade), a haunting depiction of a waterfall made out of plastic draped through a woodland setting. We asked Nobuko to tell us about her choice, her most treasure possession and her latest thrift shop purchase...
Why did you choose Cascade?
I read an article about Noemie Goudal and I was fascinated by how she explores the relationship between organic and manmade elements through photography. I am not normally into reconstruction, but she did it so well it actually looks more beautiful than the actual waterfall!

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Source: Anothermag.com