Marie-Renée Otis, artist in residence in Paris, 
Fellow of the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec 
The Seventeenth Week


Moving to Another Apartment


I have been living in Cité internationale des arts for 3 months now. Since the beginning I was supposed to inhabit in the official apartment dedicated exclusively to Quebecer artists, recipients of scholarships. Unfortunately, the Studio du Québec à Paris needed some repair. Everything is under control now and I can move into.  



The new apartment is one floor down. Mainly, I have the same view but I can better see the River Seine.  I enjoy this new apartment. In comparison with other studios, I have the impression of living in a Five Star Hotel. This is a well equipped apartment: a diner corner (a table and 4 chairs); a toaster oven; a micro-wave oven; a salad spinner, very convenient, I eat a lot of salad. 





The lighting is also better, for embroidering and reading it makes a big difference. There is a large closet; a balance scale, not for checking my potential gain of weight, rather to weigh the luggage before going to the airport. 


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And there are bookshelves with many books from former tenants, who surely couldn't bring them back home, their luggage suffering of overweight. There is a large variety of readings: theater plays, books about dance, music, cinema and literature. When it will be my turn to leave Paris, I will manage to add something on those shelves.  Following are some photos of my Parisian nest. I warn you, in the kitchen what looks like a dishwasher machine is in fact the refrigerator...

The Artist Quilter Cosabeth Pariaud

To visit Cosabeth Pariaud’s exhibition I went far from downtown, to the suburb area of the 17th borough. This is a theoretical frontier, only existing on maps. In fact like everywhere in Paris, you can see lots of 7 or 8 story building, restaurants, little grocery stores, bakeries, boutiques of all sorts and people speaking every possible language, of every possible nationality.  What has astonished me was a big truck. You know the size of trucks we have in Canada for oil deliveries. Well, I saw one like that delivering what do you imagine?... flour for a bakery! An enormous quantity of flour passing by a large pipe. Enough flour to make baguette breads for the entire surrounding for a long period of time.  Oh! the Parisian baguettes, they are so delicious still warm, freshly baked in the morning.  So, here I am at Gustave-Eifel library, a kind of community center where five people, sitting in front of computers, are looking for jobs or good deals.  

And what about Cosabeth Pariaud pieces of quilting?  

They are hanged on the community center main room walls. They splash colors and colors and even more colors. The colors take simple geometrical shapes: rounds, squares, rectangles sewn in different types of fabric texture. Or they are striped with paint. 
Others exhibit photographs. transferred on fabric and embellished with stitching and... more color.





The photo research and the translation are made by Lucie Daigneault

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