Caroline Mesquita's oeuvre is amongst the most significant in modern-day sculpture. Her fascinating body of work encompasses figuration, installation and the moving image, in an effort to bear witness to the important ways in which artists deal with volumes, bodies and space. As she seeks out a multifaceted, constantly changing identity, she questions the boundaries of the bodies and the materials that she uses. Ideas, her first comprehensive monograph, brings together sketches, installation shots and a wealth of documentation, as well as an in-depth analysis of her practice. The publication highlights her unique process of making art, from the conception of an idea to the finished work, and from the deconstruction and re-assembling of her characters' identities to the relentless creation of different worlds.
The extensive visual content is complemented by a critical essay by curator Fernanda Brenner, a reflective essay by curator Loïc Le Gall, and an interview with curator Guilherme Blanc, in an endeavor to provide a comprehensive overview of Mesquita's output and frame of reference.
Caroline Mesquita (born 1989 in Brest, lives and works in Marseille) is a
sculptor and video
artist, mainly working with metal. She creates sculptures like
airplanes, spaceships and motorcycles, all journey in the direction of a
radical imagination. Raw material provides the spark that animates her
narrative engagement with notions of science
fiction, religion, embodiment, transformation, sensuality, and
sociability. Mesquita's works are darkened, patinated and roughly textured
through an oxidation process. With this technique, Mesquita manipulates
the metal like a form of painting. These material transformations provide
a format for storytelling about the human experience and the directness of
action and exchange in relationships. Either around or using her metallic
creations, she also creates videos, sound
environments and performance
films in which she appears herself. Caroline Mesquita is the winner of the 2017 Prize of the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard.