Anne-Charlotte Yver | Exsangue.
The Exsangue (T.N. Bloodless) project combines a set of pieces resulting from several experiments
made on latex – a liquid material, and more precisely on its shaping by hindering structures
and on its potential of suggestion in a coagulated stat
” Latex was an obvious choice for me, in relation to very subjective instincts. To revisit the example of Abi Warburg’s Serpent Ritual, I feel I’m working on the same symbolic shift than for the lightning snake. In any case, I identify with the way a tangible manipulation interweaves connections, as in an archaic ritual invested by a deep meaning: the understanding of a situation through a significant analogon. Latex is a fluid which flows from the vessels of a tree, and it is collected by a process called « grooving »; it clots till it forms an ultra-resistant, elastic material and translucent skin that darkens when in contact with UV rays. In this project where elements are interchangeable and become skeletons, surfaces, flesh, masses, structures or skins and where sculpture takes shape by assembling these elements, latex clearly stands for a fluid (blood) and a membrane. Steel dissects, controls and experiments on this evasive material, which shrinks and changes appearances, and becomes so thin when it stretches that it tends to escape from the vise that holds it. Latex is a medium that did not stick to what we expect a medium to be, but that found a certain mannerism during its progressive manufacturing. The production process actually deals with control: what resists it – like this thrill for detail in the structure, and what doesn’t. Neon tubes broadcast UV rays through the substance and evoke the changing of the color while making it glow, as a way to keep the clotted material active, lively and warm once its transformation completed. It is to a certain extent giving back some vital energy to a dead matter, always as a relentless, monstrous and desperate Frankenstein-like experiment.”
Anne-Charlotte Yver / Correspondence on “Exsangue” – July . August 2015