Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Feast the eyes (and soul)

Lys Cheri, 2008
Amaryllis Rubis, 2008
Pivoine Grand Jour, 2009
Tulipes, Baiser Rose et Baiser Rouge, 2009
Chrysantheme Flamboyant, 2008
Lys d'Hiver, 2008

Sandrine Bihorel is a French sculptor who turned her hand to painting to create these large decorative panels.  The fusion of clay and paint gives these pieces a textural surface that has been described as old embossed leather and the patterns peeking out from behind the blooms are inspired by her collections of fabrics.  For me they are reminiscent of many things: the glossy cracked ceramics of my childhood, travels to exotic souks and heady Moorish nights, the smell of mysterious Victorian volumes depicting strange and wonderful floral specimens.  I'm never quite sure whether I prefer the beautiful printed textile motifs or the curling, fluid lines of the flowers but in truth I can't imagine one existing without the other by her hand.  You can see more of her work here

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