Swiss-American Paternot started her career in London in 1998. Graduating from Vassar College (NY) in 1995, her BA in Anthropology formed the origins of her artistic life. Paternot has traveled the world from New Zealand to Morocco, Andallucia to the Alps, drawing inspiration from many eclectic cultures.
Over the past 12 years she has participated in multiple group exhibitions and 15 successful solo shows, the most prestigious of which was held at Espace L’Hommond, run by the Schlumberger family in Paris (2006). London, Paris, Milan, Lausanne (Switzerland), Boston and New York have all hosted Paternot's work and she was selected for a show at the Swiss Embassy in London - "Swiss Art in the UK 2001”. The Europe in Ireland (2007) and the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai (2009) have chosen to permanently hang her work in their 5-star hotels.
Singled out for it's magical and mysterious qualities, Paternot's work has even caught the eye of British Interior designers Kelly Hoppen and Nicky Haslam.
After completing a Summer Residency at the School of Visual Arts in 2009, Paternot left the Swiss Alps for the challenge of the urban landscape and is now engaging in the New York art world. She currently lives in Manhattan with her two small sons and works in her studio in Brooklyn.
ARTIST STATEMENT The Sex Lives of Chairs are portraits eroticizing everyday household objects, unveiling their desires and vulnerabilities. The vintage chairs have belonged to someone else, but are now witnessing my eccentric and transient life; my sexual history from my past into my future. They reflect my nomadic and bohemian lifestyle. It's an inventory of my home, where I have slept, cried, loved and laughed. Large canvases are made-up of small pieces, allowing me the freedom to pack up and move rapidly to a new destination. As context is important to me, my work is usually presented as an installation, with real furniture.