In 2019, the Grange Dîmière once again offered you a great program around a single exhibition “Ceramic installation by Bénédicte Vallet”. To rediscover in pictures.

The artist

Bénédicte Vallet, visual artist, lives and works in Loire Atlantique. Graduated from the Fine Arts of Nantes in 1995, specializing in Environment Design, she joined the CNIFOP in 2005, an international training center in ceramics. She is self-taught in techniques dedicated to textiles from which she borrows from flexible basketwork, weaving, tapestry or even knotting techniques to assemble ceramic fragments into porcelain. The artist is present in galleries and has received numerous distinctions.

Ceramic installation "Between two waters"

The sculptures are placed, as if washed up on the floor of the barn, or suspended from the framework. These animal forms, anthropomorphic or even fossil, relate to water, the presence of which is everywhere suggested.

The choice of porcelain stands out for its luminosity as the unconscious memory of a buried island nature. The approach that supports the artist's work is the search for the living, it is about animating fragments, creating new articulations that will contribute to the genesis of a hybrid and polymorphic sculpture. Against all expectations, the ceramic becomes flexible, fluid, sound and gives way to forms that seem to come to life. We can touch, get closer and discover footprints, traces of the invisible that speak to our imagination.

We can find in this evocation a poetic interpretation the traces of the submerged villages of Lake Paladru. It is from this dialogue that the artist's research into living things will be born. It is like a game through which it is a question of imagining new languages, earth and fibers associated with ritual and primary gestures. It is a work around the soul, the one that emerges when we contemplate the objects that have stood the test of time.
This work appeals to memory, to fossil or unconscious memories, to a collective memory that cannot leave us indifferent.

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