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Simone Pheulpin

By (author) Christophe Pradeau


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  • Simone Pheulpin’s works can be found in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and in the Musée des arts décoratifs de Paris
  • Simone's amazing textile art piles up dense folds of cotton cloth, held together only by simple (and invisible) metal pins, creating stone-like or coral-like pieces
Full Description

“I’d like cloth to be recognized as a material as noble as wood, stone or metal”, says French artist Simone Pheulpin, referring to traditional sculpture. Her material is quite simple, bands of raw cotton fabric, manufactured in the Vosges. This cloth is totally transformed by a piling of very dense and regular folds held together by invisible metal pins, and nothing else. Having recognised it as a space entirely her own, she has, from sculpture to sculpture, invented a grammar of sorts, and lent to the fold as she shapes it a function that is not only visual but chromatic. The result is a very strange work that looks like colonies of coral or lichen, or else recall slabs of striated limestone, vast surfaces whose smoothness is shot with fault lines.

Simone Pheulpin’s works can be found in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and in the Musée des arts décoratifs de Paris.

Text in English and French.

About the Author

Christophe Pradeau, novelist, essayist and book reviewer, teaches literature at the Sorbonne University. He notably created three novels published by Verdier (La Souterraine, 2005; La Grande Sauvagerie, 2010; Les Vingt-quatre Portes du jour et de la nuit, 2017), an essay illustrated with photos by Frédéric Leguetteur, Proust à Illiers-Combray. L’Éclosion du monde (Belin, 2013), and poems for an artist’s book (Paysages entrebâillés. Sept encres de Chine de Françoise Pacé, 2011).

Editions Cercle d'Art
25th Nov 2022
World excluding France
220 mm x 290 mm
264 Pages
78 color, 447 b&w
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