Jun 13, 2013
’s work builds itself with precision and singularity through a series of paradoxes that reveal her centres of interest, and that are as universal as the notions of adding and subtracting, falling and balancing, documentary and fiction, symmetry and repetition, attraction and repulsion… Each work is the result of refining a subtle mix of contradictory elements that contrive to generate a particular tension. Like some of her contemporaries, Emilie Pitoiset does not reproduce forms familiar from art history. She rather appropriates, in fragments, resources drawn from various sources, from the erudite to pop culture, such as Nouvelle Vague cinema, literature and Nouveau Roman but also documentary, history, or simple, everyday images and objects. The archive reinterpreted and elevated to the rank of art echoes the questioning of philosopher Jacques Rancière: what is art?