It Bloomed at Night

December 2017

Jocelyn Châteauvert surface detail, 2017, artist-made paper and pigment

As the South Carolina Arts Commission commemorates its 50th anniversary, special exhibits, events and celebrations have been popping up all over the state. The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum has welcomed one of the SCAC’s fellow artists in honor of the observance. Jocelyn Châteauvert is known for her extraordinary site-specific installation projects, and her local contribution does not disappoint. it bloomed at night has transformed the museum’s Reception Gallery into a wonderland of beauty, light and fantasy.

Châteauvert was born in Iowa and currently resides in Charleston, where she is devoted to the art of handmade papermaking. She air-dries her paper, which has developed a distinctly organic style. The paper shrinks as it dries, causing it to twist and crease. This creates three-dimensional, plant-like forms that Châteauvert uses in an artful arrangement to transform and fill space. Her work can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C, the Mint Museum in North Carolina and the South Carolina State Museum. The exhibition is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina Arts Foundation and First Citizens Bank and will be on display through December 14.


Photograph courtesy oF Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum