Tissus III


Digitized engraved-drawing on aluminium panel

This series started while working on the engravings of «THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT». It finds its inspiration from Francesca’s mother workshop, when, as a young girl, she collected, threads, ribbons, laces and scraps of fabrics for their construction quality and their patterns. An etching press was used to print these fragments into the dampened paper, recording the memory of these various materials. Once the paper was dried and pressed, the surfaces were enhanced with chalk and graphite. The neutral zone left around the frame edge, outside the printed area, allowed an overflowing of the embossed materials and offered a neutral surface where the artist could introduce graphic elements in trompe-l’oeil.


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At four years old, I would cut up cardboard boxes on the family lounge floor and transform the pieces into magnificent palaces. This was a game of imagination which fulfilled my solitary side. In my work, I combine sculpture and drawing. I find that these two formal approaches work for me. However, I undervalued for a while the importance of drawing, because it seemed “easier” in comparison to sculpture’s demanding planning and maneuvering. I think that their cohabitation allows me now to reach a balance between my first impulses and the elaboration of a more rational proposition.

Tissus III
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