Bordeaux-based French visual artist Juliette Clovis creates surreal and synesthetic figurative ceramic sculptures blending female busts with fauna and flora elements.
“Woman’s representation has long been central in Juliette’s work. In her most recent works, the human figure now disappears totally from the artist’s work, invaded by a profusion of wildlife and flora elements. Conjugating ambiguity and employing metaphors, her work wobbles between a prophetic picture announcing the birth of a new living being, human body with a half-animal half-vegetable face; and the onset of death caused by a hungry nature wanting to take back its rights. Symbols are strong and everywhere. Snakes, butterflies, chrysanthemum, vanitas, egg… such classical symbols so often used in history of art, but also chosen for representing both life and death, the idea of metamorphosis or the cycle of life; her main topic. Mostly inspired by the Baroque spirit, the artist likes mixing references and playing with influences and codes; trying to make harmonious a world made of contrasts and differences.” – Juliette Clovis.