The sculptures of Juliette Clovis
French artist Juliette Clovis represents the female figure as a hybrid being, whose existence seems to depend on the symbiotic relation with Nature. Flora elements grow on the skin and wild creatures gradually invade the human body in an ambiguous yet fascinating process of metamorphosis.
The women subjects appear to accept the invasion silently, with their eyes closed as if in a state of meditation or dream, embracing their new form rather than resisting it. However, it is uncertain if the human is meant to survive this transition and if the artist is evoking a celebration of life or a possible image of death, where we leave ourselves absorbed by natural forces.
The recent sculptures of Juliette Clovis, made in Limoges porcelain, remind of the fragility of life and highlight the beauty of femininity, while also revealing the power and complexity of Nature in a stunning representation of life conquering life.
Cernunnos, Limoges porcelain – White biscuit and white glaze, 35x42x25 cm, 2016
Cyanolica nana, Limoges porcelain – White glaze, 33x38x24 cm, 2016
Erinaceus concolor, Limoges porcelain – White glaze, Blue Cobalt hand painted, 34x35x24 cm, 2016
Dahlia Akita, Limoges porcelain – White glaze, Blue Cobalt hand painted, 35x33x22 cm, 2016
Rosa nigra, Limoges porcelain – White biscuit and white glaze, Matt black and bright black hand painted, 33x32x20 cm, 2016
Epithelantha micromeris, Limoges porcelain – White biscuit and white glaze – Gold, 12x14x21 cm, 2016
All images © Juliette Clovis