Passages, 2020. Beaux-Arts de Marseille. Received the Prix François Bret. Within the framework of Manifesta 13 and PAC.

A series of sculptures questioning how objects and materials carry ideas or histories, linking plaster techniques to histories of exotic appropriation, colonial exhibitions, and the architecture of Marseille.

Liant techniques du plâtre, histoires de l’appropriation de l’exotique, expositions coloniales, et architecture de Marseille, cette série de sculptures met en question la façon dont les objets et les matériaux peuvent être porteurs d’idées ou d’histoires.

Balustrade potentielle, 2019. Scagliola (plaster, pigments), steel. Panel 70 x 50 cm, vases 20 x 10 cm, trestles 30 x 15 x 70 cm.

Volière (Flight-object), 2020. Scagliola (plaster, pigments), steel, one postcard. Panel 70 x 50 cm, postcard 13.7 x 9 cm, trestles 30 x 15 x 70 cm.

Scagliola panel with lacunae, 2019. Scagliola (plaster, pigments), steel. Panel 70 x 50 cm, trestles 30 x 15 x 70 cm.

Subject-Object, 2020. Scagliola (plaster, pigments). 26 x 17 x 7 cm.

Red-figure Lekythos, 2020. Scagliola (plaster, pigments). 12 x 12 x 36 cm.

Delft-esque Lekythos, 2020. Scagliola (plaster, pigments). 12 x 12 x 36 cm.

These vases were born out of a frustration with the fragility of plaster. I repaired their cracks with fine layers of coloured plaster which resembles, by chance, the Japanese technique of kintsugi. I discovered that each crack/repair introduced new fine details, as if to propose that the breaking, reconstitution, and transformation of an object also participate in its creation.

Ces vases sont nés d’une frustration quant à la fragilité du plâtre. Leurs fissures ont été réparées à l’aide de fines couches de plâtre coloré, rappelant de manière fortuite la technique japonaise du kintsugi. Chaque rupture/réparation introduisant de nouveaux détails fins, comme à suggérer que la fracture, la recomposition, et la transformation d’un objet participent aussi à sa création.

Scagliola panel with excavations, 2019. Scagliola (plaster, pigments). 40 x 30 cm.

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