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Sylvie Auvray

Joe the plumber . 2019

Joe the plumber . 2019

+ Galerie Laurent Godin

Juggling between her kilns, which temperature rises up to 1 300°C, she leaves in theconstant fear of blowing the heavy or light gas pockets left by the vapors of the pink spray paint she uses to enhance her blistered pedestals. Behind the kiln door is a foaming flow of hot swollen metal, an expansive melt of screws and porcelain. Sylvie likes to fire everything to see how it resists, transforms or breaks. Besides, she often recycles, bargain-hunts and repurposes: a passion for old things found in old houses. She does the same with her broken or just started sculptures, gathering bits and pieces into piles she ends up bundling up on three-meter long branches. These bundles of sticks become like ghosts, dispossessed or repossessed fortune-telling sticks that end up drown in paint. Pieces of crates, fabric laces, twigs, old ceramic strips: emotionally-charged objects she collects and recycles when they are nothing more than melancholic items. She integrates them into her works to revive them. This is how she broke her plaster painting into three parts to make an awkwardly majestic pedestal resembling the drapery of an antique Venus who had let her gown drip.
Galerie Laurent Godin
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