An artist statement which begins with “I was born surrounded by butcher knives and beef viscera in August 1957, in the Bugey…” certainly grabs your attention. And me being me, I fell in love a little with the artist, for no other reason than that first sentence.
If you follow this blog, you’ve probably picked up that I have a real interest in, well, quite macabre things. Anatomy, taxidermy, the weird and wonderful, the stranger things. And the artist in question got my attention right from the start. I mean, you couldn’t help wanting to take a peek after an introduction like that, could you?
So, I took the plunge, and dived straight into the strange world of Helene Lagnieu.
Jean Paul Perret Gavard wrote of her work:
The” incarnations” of Hélène Lagnieu can be regarded as a mystery of the body and mind through its … intersection of obscene depictions of humans, animals and plants. Her work is in the form of a narrative … The work of Hélène Lagnieu is surprising because through the horror emerges a particular elegance … Tension between the forms, the bestial and high, humble and wonderful gives her work an exceptional strength.”
With that said, enjoy!