For many years, Mrs Keyeux has worked with a single material- paper. Being her essential means of expression, Mrs Keyeux uses paper for applied work- jewelery in particular or works in between applied object and objects such as dishes and installations.
Simultaneously, Mrs Keyeux is engaged in free work, she creates two-dimensional works, objects and installations. She works with as well as major pieces of paper accepting its attributes and adding features totally unnatural to paper.
Being the core part of the exhibition, paper jewelery can be divided into three main groups referring to a technique being employed. Jewelery is made by paper twisting, weaving and collaging. Mrs Keyeux is strongly aware of jewelery as an object to be used by somebody; therefore she uses the paper which is humidity and heat resistant (paper has an orange-peel glazing). Keyeux has very sophisticated jewelery locks that interconnect individual pieces of another jewelery from one serie, if necessary. A lock can be corporate into the piece of jewelery as a clothing fastener. Transparent tubes with twisted and tom paper inside represent a group of jewelery with industrial charm and exiting simplicity. Presenting a contrast of colors, jewelery from red and black twisted paper (a technique Keyeux frequently uses) is a metaphor for female and male principles. Pieces of jewelery are either connected or divides, as relations between people. Her twisted jewelery has 2D form or when folded, 3D form. Sand wishing several pieces of jewelery provides colorful and plastic jewelery. Collaged necklaces represent third group of jewelery.
Keyeux presents an impressive works of paper combined with Plexiglas. Light and shadow play a game inside a symmetric network of small embedded knots or flowers reminding of some still undecoded writing.
As a proper gourmet, Keyeux relishes the most delicate tones of “paper flavors” – registering, perceiving, differentiation and recognizing what we see as ordinary, trivial and everyday. As she says paper is different everywhere, more accurately said, history of paper is closely related to the culture of a country. Globalization made its trace and you can run into a McDonals sack almost everywhere. A top quality paper has always had good reputation. Christine works with various types of paper, from magazine paper to hand made paper-solid and parchment-like paper with pressed leaves and flowers from Japan or Nepal. It is the common character of paper and challenge for Keyeux. She likes the flexibility, common and modest character of paper and accepts its fragility and instability. Thus, it is not a problem to design a paper installation on water or create a 42 meter fresco together with the children from Tangier.
Viera Kleinouk