If Inès Mélia’s work is so fascinating, it is as a result of the artist has the power to create with the banality of on a regular basis life. Discarded books are reworked into poetic tissue packing containers, while cheese is reworked into astonishing ceramic candleholders. The domestic universe evokes her – a muse with which she has fun but all the time with rigor.
It is with this lightness that she begins the fall of 2022, inaugurating her first solo exhibition, “Ne me retiens pas,” on the 75 Faubourg Gallery. Accompanied by the curator Jérôme Sans, the younger artist continues her research on the world of intimacy and links each of her works to the word – this sequence of letters which, when united, takes on a which means, typically resulting in error or ambiguity.
The artistic lady thus finds the help that's pricey to her. The e-book particularly. Superimposed, it turns into a totem in the Ettore Sottsass fashion. The sides are united and the titles are aligned to create an exquisite frame of words. On the bottom, literary works are encircled, exposing a double which means expression, drawn by the artist.
Inès Mélia also returns to portray with larger-scale canvases. Pages from the novel La Prisonnière by Marcel Proust are marouflaged, forming a grid, then superimposed to offer free and colourful types, imagined by the artist. A foot of nose to the story, to the confined heroine.
For Inès Mélia, the word is sculpture. On a guide, in totem or portray, or inscribed on a linear statue of eggs, it takes shape and is reworked in the eyes of each. With “Ne me retiens pas,” the artist frees the word from its leaf, with accuracy and malice.
“Don’t maintain me again” – 75 Faubourg Gallery
75, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Paris 8e From September 9 to October 7, 2022
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