As soon as I walk through the door of Gwendoline Perrigueux’ studio, I can feel that the preparation of the velvet lashes has already begun. Our eyes meet and in the blink of an eye, all her excitement is perceptible. On a table, several dozen materials. Rings of neoprene, elastomer, bits of skin in tender and seductive colours or even chains that are entangled and delicately wound between the pieces of velvet. Gwendoline Perrigueux buries her hands in these terribly erotic materials. Assembling, feeling, testing, stretching, twisting and experimenting. It is in these intuitive manipulations that the essence of her work lies. A work of the senses, with the senses and for the senses, full of positive waves and an inescapable power of seduction.
Velvet Lashes – glamour and exaltation are what we are invited to touch with our eyes, with or without make-up. Rolls of fur, metallic undulations, humanised curves. So many evoked bodies, half-beast/half-object sculptures that keep us between two shores. Feet on the ground, imagination disconnected. We revel in the images, the sounds, the shapes and the ambient lightness. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Velvet Lashes is much more complex than it appears.
I want it to slide!
Velvet Lashes – it’s a subtle and delightful encounter between strangers. The unknown that makes you want to be seduced. Like a furtive exchange of glances in the street, this exhibition catches us without us expecting it. Just one look and a flow of passionate energy invades us in a fraction of a second, a flow that unlocks images, awakens our inner desires, and then everything evaporates. With freshness and spontaneity, Gwendoline Perrigueux questions the question of fantasies without ambiguity. She invites us to let go. Drawn in by the unspeakable, “you must first pass the sirens, they charm all mortals who approach them”. But there is no question here of dying, except of pleasure! The pleasure of being surprised by a striking laugh that penetrates the space for a moment. A communicative laugh that is sometimes charming and seductive, sometimes mischievous and malicious. Is this laughter, which is none other than that of the artist, not a warning against disturbing beauty?
Velvet Lashes – like a sensory dive between tension and explosion, where we willingly abandon ourselves. Un abandon à l’image de Livide et Luisante (2018), une sculpture en silicone, œillets et néoprène qui est posée, là sur le sol. Serait-ce la mue de ce corps abandonné au plaisir, celui de notre propre corps ou bien de notre esprit ?
Velvet Lashes – sounds here like the Less is more of seduction! An ode to the charm of the suggested. A tribute to the mystery of attraction. A counter-punch to the reign of “showing everything”.