This French multi-disciplinary artist uses porcelain in ingenious ways to create outstanding sculptures that go from the eerie and disquieting to the gentle and beautiful.
Juliette Clovis is an Ecole du Louvre graduate working in the Paris contemporary art scene since 2007. Almost her entire body of plastic work has mainly revolved around three recurrent themes, the link between human and nature, the contrast between life and death, and the dialogue between tradition and modernity.
Her use of porcelain is particularly outstanding, Clovis creates highly imaginative busts, eggs and plates in a variety of unconventional designs. Personally, the first thing I think when the word “ceramic” comes to mind are the little dolls and traditional dinnerware I could find at my grandma’s house. Well, Clovis’ creations definitively don’t have anything in common with that.
Her busts feature female forms that seem to mutate in front of our eyes into grotesque animal and floral shapes that have much more in common with a H.R. Giger painting or a Floria Sigismondi music video than your typical china. Her ceramic eggs are covered with horns and strange blooms that are both inviting and menacing. Wild entanglements of petals, leaves and birds burst out from her plates, lifelike and mesmerizing.
Clovis, born in Poitiers and based in Bordeaux, perfected her technique while at an art residency at la Manufacture La Seynie, -founded in 1774- the oldest Limoges porcelain manufacturer in France.
Each and every one of her sculptures is unique and made by hand with Limoges porcelain, a very sought after variety similar to the Chinese which the French have worked since the 12th century.