Champion Métadier's work is characterized by a dystopian perspective, this new opus portrays a world in permanent mutation, dominated by surveillance and networks. With this new proposition the artist draws the viewer into an environment reminiscent of 1984 by George Orwell or Wall-E by Andrew Stanton.
Champion Métadier’s recent works invite us on a journey into the unknown territories that the artist has been prospecting for several years now. Striking, intriguing, these new digital images create a landscape fraught with tension. Her compositions are crossed by the flux of conflicting energies, peopled with hybrid forms that cohabit, by juxtaposition or superimposition, and defy visual perspective, on the border between abstraction and figuration.
Among the concerns driving her art, Champion Métadier has on several occasions mentioned the need to engage with contemporary issues, “to be in tune with the times.” “Art must make us conscious of the world’s complexity, or at least of the complexity of our relation to it.”
The processes used in Champion Métadier’s current works are exclusively digital. Even so, the choice of this virtual language does not mean ICM has abandoned the slow process of creating images, which favours chance and unexpected results. On the contrary, we can observe a surprising continuity in her questions and experiments.
The Impulse works for instance, are paradoxical images of a future that has become reality, expressing both the fascination with new technologies and their playful, innovative nature, close to science fiction, and the fear of the unlimited control and surveillance that could result from the extension of networks. The recent images in the Capture series, those “non-identifiable visual objects” as the critic Philippe Dagen once called them and the work on colours contributes significantly to the enigmatic nature of these images which appear like sudden flashes of brilliance, underscoring a form, swelling a volume, challenging the gaze, trapping the understanding
This indicates the singularity of Champion Métadier’s approach, and the originality of the images she produces which, by virtue of the extraordinary forms and textures deployed in them, and by the tension they create between heterogeneous elements, echo a world that is on the brink of chaos.
The moving images of the singular space-opera revealed by ICM in these works land us in the world of the unpredictable, forcefully reminding us that art is not the place of definitive truths, but the place of incessant metamorphosis.
Extracts from the exhibition catalogue Transit, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, 2017
Cécile Pocheau Lesteven
Contemporary Prints and Artists’ Books, BnF Department of Prints and Photography