The Paris Project


“This is a ”100 year plus” collaboration.

While browsing in a Paris flea market, I discovered a folder of several drawings made in 1913 by a 15 year old schoolboy named Georges Beaufils. The sketches were done as class assignments and included corrections that the teacher had made. I decided that since each drawing was of an object, it would be fun to try to find the same object in the flea market. I succeeded, and set out to create a series of assemblages by combining the drawing with the object and other related materials.

As there were only six original drawings, I decided to continue this project on my own, "d'apres" Georges Beaufils.

There are about 20 pieces in the series. Each frame is handmade from barnwood.”





Native New Yorker Joan Hall is a pioneer in the field of collage and assemblage illustration. Her work has appeared on covers of Time magazine, and in The New York Times and numerous other publications.

Hall’s collages and assemblages have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. She was commissioned by the American Cultural Center to lecture, exhibit, and conduct workshops in France, India, Brazil, and most recently lectured at The National Arts Club in New York City. 

Ms. Hall was awarded a US State Department Cultural Grant to go to Mexico and train teachers to teach recycling to children by creating art using found objects and scrap images from magazines. She has been a resident of Westbeth Artist Housing in New York City since 1971.