Gravity's Pull: A Conversation with Mathilde Roussel
by Michaël Amy
Sculpture is traditionally about the body. Mathilde
Roussel alludes to the body indirectly, by way
of sheets of paper or rubber hanging from the wall,
which she refers to as skins, and amorphous columns
built up of masses inspired by her study of overdeveloped
musculature. Both the hanging skins and
the stacked muscles tackle the issue of gravity, as all
sculpture does, and thus poetically reference the
network of life across our planet-a resonant subject
in this age of growing environmental crisis. In
Training Session (2015), biomorphic paper-pulp volumes
draped over metal bars seem to have escaped
from Duchamp's The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors,
Even, a meditation on male lust. Generation,
transformation, time, ideals of beauty and productivity,
desire, life systems, decline, and death all fall within
the scope of this French artist.
...see the entire article in the print version of Jul/Aug's Sculpture magazine.
Training Session, 2015. Paper pulp, cardboard, glue, wire, and steel tubular structure, 150 x 60 x 40 cm.