Laurence Tellier, Plastic artist,
Sculptor, ceramist and photographer
Of Ice and Fire: An Artist’s Trajectory
Laurence Tellier’s modeled-clay sculptures reveal the roots of her inspiration.
Child of the Alps, she grew up surrounded by the exhilarating chaos of the summits – snowfields and ski slopes as playground. Her series Mountain Panoramas, celebrates the particularity of beloved peaks as portraits of renowned landscapes in porcelain.
Ms Tellier’s series Fashion Show, forcefully co-opts the exploitation and sensual extravaganza of the catwalk.
Her fusiform models sashay boldly from vertical planes into the third dimension – a full frontal challenge to the viewer. These freeze-frames of clay in motion bear the fiery stigmata of raku enameling, evoking the artist’s background in the heated struggles of the feminist and gender-equality movements, presenting the human form as graceful androgyny.
In parallel, her use of kintsugi, a repair technique, highlights the natural breakage in the fired clay – reflections of her formative confrontations in the seventies – to transform the fractures of fate into golden traces of each piece’s history in the flames, mirroring her own militancy.