For Valérie Blass, things are not what they seem. Bodies become clothes, become costume, become prop, become photograph, become projection, become painting, become shadow, become sculpture. Through material and formal experiment, her previous work collaged the figure and abstract form, shapeshifting the weight of their respective histories. In this new body of work she continues to push this into a complex, intimate space between the photographic image and sculpture.
Here, mediums adjust to each other when they meet. Bodies deform to an object. A form is determined by a photograph. The image has become paint on a sculpture. A sculpture’s surface is covered in photographic emulsion and exposed. Background and foreground change dimension. In To only ever say one thing forever the same thing we become implicated in the experience of looking, our bodies persuaded to adjust to both the photograph and sculpture together. For Blass, the image is not enough.
IMAGE CREDIT: Valérie Blass,