Nicole Peyrafitte is a performance artist who sings, paints, films, writes, and cooks. Born in the French Pyrenean town of Luchon, she moved to the United States in 1987 where she has lived ever since. She considers herself a Gasco-Rican (1/2Gascon, 1/2 American) citizen of Brooklyn. A true renaissance woman, she started out as a chef in her family’s hotel-restaurant, but soon switched from culinary to multimedia arts. For some 15 years now, she has been combining these various art forms into complex multimedia performances that
include voice, video, writing and cooking. She has two CDs out: Whisk, Don't Churn! & The Bi-Continental Chowder/ La Garbure Transcontinentale. Her recordings draw on her eclectic heritage for songs ranging from French cabaret to jazz standards and contemporary poetry. Her artistic collaborators have included the contrabassist Michael Bisio, saxophonist Joe Giardullo &
Holland Hopson; her husband, poet Pierre Joris, and their son Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.
Recent performances include: The Vision Festival NYC; “Picasso as Poet” at The Metroplolitan Museum, w/ Pierre Joris; Umami Festival NYC; Coloque International Angoulême: L’art, L’éducation et le Politique; and Blago B*** IV at Emily Harvey Gallery.
Her visual work combines abstract colored surfaces with quasi-representational
figures, and collaged photo-images. The work is anchored as much in an exploration of
prehistoric cave paintings as in borrowed public images of this post-Warholian world. As
the poet-painter Claude Pélieu put it:
“Nicole Peyrafitte broadcasts the news of our chopped, exploded, fragmentary world. She kicks over the traces of the real and strolls through the subway of the emotions. Like Hannah Hoch, Valentine Hugo or Aude Ellouét, Nicole Peyrafitte shows us what an illusion reality is.”
Recently her work was part of “Waltzing in Quicksand:” Poets in Collage at Tribes Gallery.