A set of sculpture-paintings, paintings and drawings of the artist made over the period 2020-2022, accompanied by a text by fashion historian and artistic director Olivier Saillard.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Perrotin gallery, Paris, from January 7th to March 11th, 2023.
Mathilde Denize's practice is oriented towards painting, installation work, sculptural composition, performance, and video. Denize's work is born from a desire to make meaning emerge from a fragmented present. A collector of discarded objects, she often cuts up her older paintings and then weaves them into new forms with found materials. Thus, new artworks are born from remnants of the past, a metaphor for the complicated existence of human beings. Inspired by great experimental artists, like Carolee Schneemann
, she utilizes the body as much as the painting. Her garments, which often resemble a sexualized female form, act as both armor and camouflage. Her paintings are an open diary, punctuating and dialoguing with her sculptures. With subtle gestures, Denize constitutes a set of forgotten and anonymous forms, witnesses of a contemporary archeology.