Within the repeated cubic architecture of the Palais d'Iena I have tried to reconsider the body as architecture and architecture as the condition of the body. Constructed and de-constructed the cellular elements of a standing, lying and crouching form are assembled and disassembled. Always orthogonal, the blocks are placed singularly or in groups within the given repeated grid of this columned space.
These works reduce the architectural language to basic volumes then use stacked or cantilevered, the anatomy of the body is translated into techtonics for the purposes of exposing the vulnerability and indeterminacy of the human condition. Using the language of pillar, lintel, stacking and off-set the relative positions of these blocks is what carries feeling. Their relationship, one to the other, replaces gesture and the representation with an intrinsic instability. The participation of the viewer is solicited in empathising with the construction but inherent instability in the making of a whole body.
Made of plaster, itself a provisional, sculptural material especially for this exhibition the work consciously plays with the natural light that floods the space from both sides and engages with the integral and repeated structures of the Palais d'Iena.
Text written on occasion of UNLIMITED BODIES: CORPS SANS LIMITE, Palais d'Iéna, Paris, France, 2012