Body
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Claudine Drai makes sculptures out of tissue paper on bronze and canvas.

Claudine Drai makes sculptures out of tissue paper on bronze and canvas.

Claudine Drai makes sculptures out of tissue paper on bronze and canvas.

Claudine Drai coaxes evanescent forms from tissue paper; at the Venice Biennale, she engages with poetry, fashion and food.

In the studio, and outside of it, too, Claudine Drai creates a living world. To existing creatures and objects she adds white forms sculpted in paper that express a force, pure impetus: the emergence of an emotion that has silently passed through her and guided her hand. She chooses not to name these inner shifts beforehand turning them into diaphanous and fleeting yet enduring apparitions, impossible to forget once you’ve seen themso they won’t be associated with anything already known. Quiverings, crumplings, falls, elevations, metamorphoses, swift changes from one form into another: the life lived within, in the unplumbed depths of the self, “at the edge of consciousness,” where it is most intense, takes wing through the act of sculpting. It gives birth to a population of figures; and, most recently, to her flights of fancy she calls Fragments, which will be on display at the Magazzino Gallery in the Palazzo Contarini Polignac during the 57th Venice Biennale. Only a poet’s wordsbecause they are no longer those “of the tribe,” to quote Mallarmécan accompany the birth of these forms, protect them, make them real. In Venice, a poem by Olivier Kaeppelin placed next to a paper angel by Drai brings to mind other angels that inhabit our cities and the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini. It is through echoes such as these that a new existence is built and shaped, creating its own space in this world that we inhabit unthinkingly and this life that we pass through unfeelingly.

The exhibition “Le Lien des Mondes” pays tribute to the encounters that have been essential for Drai and that root her figures in reality. When she tasted Guy Martin’s cuisine, she had the “revelation” that an angel’s touch can also be found in a mysterious flavor that moves through you, providing you pay enough attention. In Venice, fragments created by the chef take the form of crackers exploring different flavors. The unusually slender and harmonious figures of corsetmaker and embroiderer Hubert Barrère form other angels, ever elusive “bodies without bodies.”

Together, Drai, Kaeppelin, Barrère and Martin create an experience that appeals to all of the senses, not only sight, in the hope that we come out of it changed, and much more alive.

Le lien deS mondes

Jusqu’au 27.09. Magazzino Gallery, Palazzo Contarini Polignac. Dorsoduro, 874, Venise.

www.palazzocontarinipolignac.com

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Le lien des mondes

Jusqu’au 27.09.2017

Magazzino Gallery, Palazzo Contarini Polignac. Dorsoduro, 874, Venise.

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