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Esquives
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  • Obione
  • October / Octobre
  • Stones / Pierres
  • Smoke / Fumée
  • River / Rivière
  • Mountain / Montagne
  • Lake / Lac
  • Rock / Roche
  • Cladonia / Thalles
  • Saline / Salins
  • Cliff / Falaise
  • Pond / Etang
  • Grass-land / Prairie

  • Elusions

    Set of thirteen photographs

    Sizes and techniques: H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches, Color Lambda print, pasted with archival process on Dibond, wooden frame and glass.

    Limited edition of 5.

    Esquives suggests the mental world of a child, set within “landscapes settings”. Indeed, the landscape, the major element of this work, has a symbolic predominance. It puts this fragile figure inside dangerous situations, abandoned inside the unreal proportions of a salt marsh, eyes closed immersed in a blood colored lake, surrounded by rocks, in the middle of the sea, trapped by the smoke of a burning rice field, or in a fetal position, inside an almost amniotic water. The whole work is an ode to liberty and suggests breaking away. The little girl seems to liberate herself from the grip of the world through these mental creations, and rediscovers, in the space of this secret garden, an indestructible identity.

    One could believe in the mental strength of this nymph, with her fixed look, in the vast expanse of heather in bloom. Curiously, one might feel this child is almost invincible, when seeing her laugh in the middle of a blazing field. The dramatic effect of each photograph is reinforced by its monumental size. The beauty and colours of the landscapes allow us to see the purity and the magic of childhood, accentuated by the plasticity of the model: a nice little blond angel.

    The ambiguity of the photographic situations in Esquives evokes the world of Lewis Carroll by mixing fantasy and reality, uneasiness and hope. Likewise, the proportions of the body and the landscapes, as in Alice who grows or diminishes in Wonderland, the heroine of Elusions is not scaled to the landscape. A child who grows too fast or fails to grow? A child in any case who is out of step with reality.

    Esquives is a photographic work related to a novel by the same title that deals with the victimology of childhood, published by Filigranes Editions in 2006. Behind the innocence of childhood, Mireille Loup invites the viewer / reader to apprehend the terrors to which a child can be confronted, and from which the only solution is avoidance.

    Esquives
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    Obione
    Obione

    Collection du Fond National d'Art Contemporain (France)

    October / Octobre
    October / Octobre
    Stones / Pierres
    Stones / Pierres

    Collection du Fond National d'Art Contemporain (France).

    Smoke / Fumée
    Smoke / Fumée
    River / Rivière
    River / Rivière
    Mountain / Montagne
    Mountain / Montagne
    Lake / Lac
    Lake / Lac
    Rock / Roche
    Rock / Roche
    Cladonia / Thalles
    Cladonia / Thalles
    Saline / Salins
    Saline / Salins
    Cliff / Falaise
    Cliff / Falaise
    Pond / Etang
    Pond / Etang
    Grass-land / Prairie
    Grass-land / Prairie

    Elusions

    Set of thirteen photographs

    Sizes and techniques: H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches, Color Lambda print, pasted with archival process on Dibond, wooden frame and glass.

    Limited edition of 5.

    Esquives suggests the mental world of a child, set within “landscapes settings”. Indeed, the landscape, the major element of this work, has a symbolic predominance. It puts this fragile figure inside dangerous situations, abandoned inside the unreal proportions of a salt marsh, eyes closed immersed in a blood colored lake, surrounded by rocks, in the middle of the sea, trapped by the smoke of a burning rice field, or in a fetal position, inside an almost amniotic water. The whole work is an ode to liberty and suggests breaking away. The little girl seems to liberate herself from the grip of the world through these mental creations, and rediscovers, in the space of this secret garden, an indestructible identity.

    One could believe in the mental strength of this nymph, with her fixed look, in the vast expanse of heather in bloom. Curiously, one might feel this child is almost invincible, when seeing her laugh in the middle of a blazing field. The dramatic effect of each photograph is reinforced by its monumental size. The beauty and colours of the landscapes allow us to see the purity and the magic of childhood, accentuated by the plasticity of the model: a nice little blond angel.

    The ambiguity of the photographic situations in Esquives evokes the world of Lewis Carroll by mixing fantasy and reality, uneasiness and hope. Likewise, the proportions of the body and the landscapes, as in Alice who grows or diminishes in Wonderland, the heroine of Elusions is not scaled to the landscape. A child who grows too fast or fails to grow? A child in any case who is out of step with reality.

    Esquives is a photographic work related to a novel by the same title that deals with the victimology of childhood, published by Filigranes Editions in 2006. Behind the innocence of childhood, Mireille Loup invites the viewer / reader to apprehend the terrors to which a child can be confronted, and from which the only solution is avoidance.