>>>DISCLAIMER: These works contain nudity<<<
Dancer in a former life, I re-invested my body in the field of visual arts, which refers to an inheritance and the significance of memory, in a female body.
Thanks to a dynamic exploration triangular — myself as both researcher and subject and object of my search — I developed an aesthetic of ex-time.
A trunk body with invisible legs and yet standing.
A word of faceless box, contours fades into the background.
An ultra-plastic, corporeal – constantly reinterpreted in a resilient stubbornness.
Where the tangled flesh, disorder, colours and words, I try to instil in my art a profane and sacred dimension.
I met Emmanuel Barrouyer (Balaclava.Q: Artist Liaison), at an exhibition in Paris this winter (2016). He introduced himself as a researcher for Balaclava Q. He loved my work and even bought one of my pieces. He introduced me to your group online, thinking I’m perfect for joining. I hesitated because my approach is not inherently queer, even tho there are parallels within this research. I would not want to rob the LGBT community of the particularity of this term, although I think we are the same family of researchers looking at and around the body and sexuality. To exist among you would be a great honour. The proposals of the artists are so beautiful and strong, terribly inventive and poetic ….
How do you interpret the fact of hiding the face?
I started hiding my face to escape a man stalking me and trying to kill me for nearly 10 years. Both the result of trauma, and the need to exist – so remaining anonymous on the web safeguarded me.
So I lay traces of my story in a frame and tidied on the gallery wall. Rather than defeat me, I leave room for the unknown woman, possibly all others. This photo mask of a face without a body, then became an aesthetic pursuit for me.
Have you any future exhibitions that you would like to share with us?
I finished an exhibition at the Villa Belleville in Paris, and I’m leaving early July exhibit at the gallery Historia e Arte in Bragança, Portugal.
Gorilla Girl presents photographic series: ” a little to see Approach “
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