Rachel Labastie, French artist born in 1978, lives and works in Belgium. Sculptor, manipulating paradoxes and playing on the ambiguity of shapes that are both seductive and disturbing, she takes a critical look at physical and mental alienation produced by a society increasingly inclined to control bodies and minds.
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|Author||Michel Draguet, Sophie Hasaerts, Jean de Melherbe, Barbara Polla|
|Publisher||Liénart / Abbaye de Maubuisson / Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique|
|Number of pages||160|
|Language||Bilingue Français / English|
|Dimensions||255 x 210|
|Museum||Abbaye de Maubuisson, Saint-Ouen l’Aumône et les Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles|
This work is published to accompany two exhibitions: # Remedies, presented at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels (October 15, 2021 - February 13, 2022) and Les Éloignées, presented at the Abbey of Maubuisson (October 3, 2021 - February 27, 2022).
In a permanent play of opposing forces, she invites us to see beyond the appearance of things. Her relationship to matter is both intimate and powerful, conceptual and physical, contemporary and rooted in the centuries-old practices of raw and baked clay.
While she chooses objects belonging to the register of violence, such as axes or shackles, she in no way exalts instinctual activity. On the contrary, she realizes her pieces with great thoroughness, patient labor.
Her sculptures are situated at an equal distance from intimacy and universality, serving at the same time as illustrations, counterweights and remedies to human destiny, in a mode of being that takes inventory (which is), enchantment (which exalts), therapy (which saves).
The book traces the genesis of the works produced for exhibitions at the Abbey of Maubuisson and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and takes a look at the artist's previous creations and future projects.
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