2004 – 2016
In 2004, I had an exhibition entitled Danse-le en déflexion, in which Carla, mouvement #1 was featured. The moulding of Carla is the movement, stopped in mid-stream, of someone trying to lean comfortably against a wall but caught in a position that appears hopeless. Attention to what dancers call ‘contact-improvisation’ was the starting point for the Attitude series. The principle is for the solo dancer to define a contact with an architectural plane or an article of clothing. The Attitude sculpture describes a frozen movement as someone comes out of a pose similar to a single, ordinary gesture. The idea of clothing a mould is to produce a vision that differs from the image of the classical portrait by inverting all its principles: absence of the face, three-dimensional presence, and the use of real materials like clothes and accessories. The Attitude series hangs together in time through the sequence of paused movements, but also through the immediacy and the contemporaneity with which it reflects the period, as would be the case, in real time, for a fashion magazine.