Louise Dumont



born in 1990 in Guéret, lives and works in Paris. Member of the Action Hybride collective. She is a lacquer artist and graduate of Ensaama. She works with her eye and her hands, colors and effects, depth and brilliance, sensuality and richness. If her profession consists in restoring Asian antiques, her photography could allude to the Japanese technique which, by sublimating the cracks of ceramics through a visible and ornamental repair using lacquer and gold powder, enhances their stories.

A symbol and metaphor for resilience, the art of kintsugi invites us to recognize the beauty that lies in simple, imperfect, and atypical things. Sensitive to the work of Antoine d’Agata, Berlinde de Bruyckere and Francis Bacon, the body – naked, raw – is at the heart of his photographic motif. Flesh as matter and shadow to sculpt. Louise Dumont scrutinizes, cuts, details, highlights epidermal particularities, that some would call imperfections; scars, cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles, hematomas, ephelides… By getting as close as possible and/or by upsetting the original reading of the image, she likes to tend towards abstraction. Desire that the eye gets confused, gets lost in a mass of tissues, muscles and fats, that the organs become indefinable and the gender imprecise.

With her faceless bodies, creatures with their own shapes and colors, fleshy or skeletal, titanic, flexible and bruised, with opaline or golden skin, she creates a kind of universal identity, a common body in which everyone can project themselves. A body with a thousand stories. The flesh exposed, photographed, noem of the “that-was”, is also a poetic guarantor of equality in front of death, like a memento mori.

Rarely practiced with uncovered face, the self-portrait is recurrent in her work. She uses processes such as masks, make-up-camouflage, textures. This exercise is often characterized by a game of chance and metamorphosis. This alchemy between dance and stroboscopic light – which allows her to capture movement on the fly and thus multiply her “selves” -, calculations and abandonment, spontaneity and patience, resounds like a kind of transcendence, an almost immaterial vestige of her earthly passage. His images have been included in group exhibitions in France and abroad, notably in Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Livorno, Venice, and Illinois alongside works by artists such as H.R. Giger and David Lynch.

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