Recycling light materials into beautiful pieces

Saturday April 23 2016

Unnamed, by Alexandre Aimée. PHOTO | ANDREW I KAZIBWE

Unnamed, by Alexandre Aimée. PHOTO | ANDREW I KAZIBWE 

By Andrew Kazibwe

Alexandre Aimée’s exhibition in Kigali details the beauty in installation art, made from lightweight recycled materials.

Titled Mere Bleu, the exhibition runs until April 25 at Kigali’s Innovation Village in Kacyiru. Alexandre uses cardboard for her foundation, and from simple materials like paper and dead plants she crafts her immense pieces. Her 10-piece untitled show is displayed on well-lit walls.

The mixed-media Franco-Canadian artist uses layers and textures in each piece to depict different emotions and stages of womanhood. Alexandre advocates for the rights of women through her work. Her portraits aim to bring gender equality for women.

The series can be appreciated individually or as a narrative. Mere Bleu consists of portraits of abstract pieces; blue is the main colour used, which Alexandre says symbolises communication.

She also uses warm colours like orange. In one portrait, she uses small pieces of blue paper as hair all over the woman’s head. She also paints dried flowers for her pieces.

Her work typically uses small window-like shaped images she forms from paper. 

The self-taught artist’s works have been showcased in Ottawa, Northern Ontario and Montreal in Canada. She is currently working on collaborative art exhibitions.