'War of images-distortions and temporal ellipse' (detail), 2017, offset plate print, ceramic
Born Cherbourg (FR), 1985
In recent installations by Gaëlle Choisne creolization is turned into a sculptural patois where opposites attract. The series of ceramic sculptures titled Gordian Knots which approach sculpture as craft, are juxtaposed with/to visual prints on metal offset plates, War of images – distortions and temporal ellipse, which refer to technological images; the sum of which defies any logic and represents a state of mind which is unpredictable and anarchistic. Turning to her French-Haitian background, Choisne looks at the rich and complicated history of Haiti (the world’s first independent black republic, yet currently one of the poorest countries on earth), in order to render the complexion of the island into methodologies for her studio practice. The organized chaos which the artist observed on the island serves as a miniature for global challenges, while its political situation is a reminder of a post-colonial climate in ruins. These observations are ingeniously translated into an eclectic sculptural language based on an antithetic energy, which expands to subjects such as the allegory of colonization and Vanitas.