Lot 5 - Ingrid Berthon-Moine - In/Out
Watercolour, cotton thread and ponpon on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Curated by Vittoria Beltrame
Ingrid Berthon-Moine is a French visual artist based in London. She uses the body as a medium to explore gender identity, power imbalances, and societal abuse. Sculpture, drawing, and text are employed to weave personal narratives into a universal and political context. The use of language and psychoanalysis serves to expose and challenge sexual stereotypes while subverting the male gaze. She employs irreverent humour to depict the body as a battleground where physical, cultural, and psychic elements clash. By pushing the sculptural boundaries of body representation, Ingrid creates anthropomorphic forms that blend both male and female genders, embodied in soft and sensual materials reminiscent of skin.
Personal experiences, such as episodes of sexual harassment, are translated into the artwork. Watercolour drawings depict a visceral response to protect oneself and a desire to retaliate against the perpetrator. This theme is carried into sculptures, where soft and inviting materials are disrupted by aggressive and unwelcoming elements. The recurring motif of flowers in the artist's drawings, initially associated with joy and erogenous areas, takes a darker turn in describing a neuro-muscular illness. The transition from joyful tendrils to morbid entities in pastel colors serves as a metaphor for life's fragility and transitions during times of bereavement. The artist further translates these drawings into floral sculptures, using plants and flowers as symbols of life and metaphysical contemplation. The natural world becomes a lens through which the artist reflects on existential and environmental themes, emphasizing the interconnectedness of humanity with the broader cosmos.
In the context of increasing social tensions and environmental threats, Berthon-Moine’s work becomes a space for aesthetic collision and contemplation on the changing definition of the human experience. It serves as a reflection on the state of the world and prompts viewers to consider the evolving nature of humanity in the face of contemporary challenges.
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