A fleur de peau

In 2015, a bereavement plunged Sophie Elbaz for five years into the essence of her history, partly revisited in the Inner Geographies exhibition in 2012. With A fleur de peau she has literally given birth to a work of another kind.

The artist has forsaken past representations. We are now entering another modality, another physical plane, a different contact with being. What we are seeing here is a veritable transformation process appearing.

Artist’s notes   

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” William Blake.

My work deals with our finiteness and its mise en abîme, but also our vital force, the tearing oneself from the shadows in order to discover the Self…in full awareness. 

A lot of attention was paid to the image’s skin, using silk, which enables one to play on our interiority and its strata by inserting shadows between them

The symbolism at play conveys the complexity of our states, their difficulty in extricating themselves to reach the light...

This series initiates a new phase of work in the song of my creativity, opening up a newfound freedom.

On the other side of the veil, Being deconstructs then reconstructs itself, in phase with the Life-Death-Life cycle.

The chrysalis opens, allowing us to glimpse the power of the living in these images of the intimate.

The photographs:

Through touches, contact with the surface, what we see is the process of becoming. With each image-apparition we are observing the creation of a diffuse, limitless, timeless, intangible space, on the threshold of the present.

The body, living bridge, is discovering itself in another way, in the form of silhouette, suggestion, speaking to us in a different way. Woman becomes a mediator of the unknown, both intuitive and luminous like the life she gives.

In her momentum, she affirms her will for a new light that sees this birth.


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