Deep Sand Bed,
JAN 08th- FEV 19th, 2022
Online exhibition of Clédia Fourniau for the PB Project : Deep Sand Bed
Jan 8, 2022 – Fev 19, 2022
The artist, who recently graduated from Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts, experiments with a kind of painting that refers to painting. In the protocol of her approach, everything is created through thickness: colour upon colour; material upon material. A point of erasure or an overpainting, the layers are superimposed, completing one another as they blur the above and the below. Through a double movement between sedimentation and infiltration, the paints react. Living, controlled and uncontrollable, the different layers – traces of each stroke – provoke through this colourful sensation a reversal of the figure and the ground, disturbing our perceptions. Thus, the result, in the form of an archive of strokes, absorbs us.
“The bluish light irradiates the entire glass surface of the aquarium like a screen or a stained-glass window. Resting upon the sandy bottom, it defines the contours of a geological cross-section. At the interface of this iridescent line, the above and below are distinct: two opposed worlds – mineral and aqueous – are in dialogue. The boundary is porous and intermediary like the surface of the epidermis. In the density of the mineral floor is a terracing of sandy beds with heterogeneous granulates hosting a multitude of living strains. Under the inert appearance of this material, thousands of microorganisms participate in the active and natural filtration of this aquatic ecosystem, passing from one milieu to the other.”
“Here before us is this large canvas that looms over us, summoning us. Its surface is a land of contrasts: both liquid and resinous, both matt and rugged like coral on a rock. The material is haptic, the colour abyssal. Clédia Fourniau’s paintings, presented here for her first solo exhibition at the Galerie Paris-B, engage and invite us. Exploring a variety of formats, the artist calls out to us from a great distance – to our eyes, to our bodies. To look at Clédia Forniau’s paintings is inevitably to project oneself upon them; to approach them is to be confronted with one’s own reflection. Because it is as much about our body as a spectator as it is about its own. Clédia Fourniau battles with her canvases in order to offer us a sensorial experience: a submersion into the infinite, whether it be material or colour. ”
“Clédia Fourniau tackles the processual and performative dimensions of abstract painting and questions the context in which one perceives and receives an image, involving the entire body of the artist and of the visitor. The artist works her shapes and her materials through the accumulation and stacking of movements and actions, mixing dyes, inks and polyurethane resins, after which an ultra-brilliant embossing takes over the space of her canvases, mirroring the body, the workshop and the architecture. Engaging in a new vision of reality, the image perpetually forms itself before coming undone and tries to convey a sensual confusion, a message without a message, a form of mystic.
Clédia Fourniau was born in 1992, in Paris, where she now lives and works. After a three-year program at the school Olivier de Serres, she graduates from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in october 2021, with honors. She will soon take part in a residency organized by the Fonds de dotation Weiss and will be sponsored by Tatiana Trouvé for the Prix Marin 2022.