Ody Saban's art is already represented in 20 museums all around the world.
Collection Neuve Invention, Musée d'Art Brut, Lausanne, Suisse.
Collection Européenne, Folk Art Museum, New York.
Milwaukee Art Museum, USA.
American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, USA.
The Center For Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago.
Museum Charlotte Zander, Bönnigheim, Allemagne.
Dr Guislain Museum, Gent, Belgique.
Musée d'Art Spontané, Bruxelles.
Cabinet de Gravures, Bibliothèque Municipale de Reggio Emilia, Italie.
Collection L'Aracine, Oeuvres parallèles, Musée Moderne Villeneuve d'Ascq, France.
FRAC, Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Musée de la Création Franche, Bègles, France.
Musée de Daubigny, Auvers Sur Oise, France.
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Abbaye d’Auberive, France.
Mairie de Choisy le Roi, France.
Mairie de la Verrière, France.
Département de la Meuse, Bar Le Duc, France.
Collection Hors les Normes, Praz Sur Arly, France.
AIDA, Bannière 100 peintres pour 100 artistes disparus en Argentine, Paris.
Ministère du Tourisme, Ankara, Turquie.
Musée de Naharia, Israël.
Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chili.
« Ody Saban makes us disover her intense and untimely dreams of civilizations setting in a flooded forest… flooded with kisses, games, love, frogs, butterflies and also threats and solutions to counter those threats…
Visions of a peaceful world at last but still fragile. After “Night flowers”, the 2012 exhibition at the Claire Corcia Gallery in Paris where an inhabited forest developed already in her works, Ody Saban shows us now moments of a long, unfinished and maybe unattainable dream of civilizations.
The animals, plants and human beings easily cross and exchange their functions and languages.
Light and night intensely cease the viewer, as well as exuberance and tropical heat perspiring from her highly erotic imagination, freed from constraints
Indeed, the forest is flooded with water, essential for an exuberant and rich life – one can meet boats – and full of desires
Let’s describe in broad outline a few random fragments of their dreamlike representations.
- A big humanized bee, guardian of memories (she protects old photographies touched up with love) chases away one of those « big soft heads » described by Lautréamont while below her floats a boat guided by ancestral or future animals. Loving creatures are hidden by a frail rising shell created by the forest. - A human being, watched by other animals, plays the music with a human sized frog’s vocal organs A child builds his house following the rhythm of this music. Reptiles protect a woman protecting human beings while making love. - The forest grows to fly away. Next to her sex, white animals watch one another, echoed by white watchful eyes. - Embracing couples traveling on the waters are trapped by a black mud. A bell symbolizing time holds still her many clappers. - A woman with many pairs of legs balances on a heart-shaped head. - One can observe as well a being whose main internal organs are in fact two people kissing each other; « a honey wolf » surrounded by his friends; a couple in which one is…a plant. Vivid colours spread with simple forms, images easily understandable in their entirety; no search for originality itself, no indulgence for commonplace complications; nothing to make ugly, a few things to “appear nice”.
The value of Ody Saban’s paintings lies in the authentic awaken dreams she depicts and the intellectual and carnal passion that inhabit her.
A series of white and black drawings on extremely thin paper where black dominates testifies for Ody Saban’s ability to renew her art in different media.
Ody Saban’s most recent works depict new civilizations developping in delicate, intellectual and demanding landscapes.
In Ody Saban’s work, the search for meaning in abundance coincides with her organic approach which involves her whole body”.
Thomas Mordant, February 2016.