70,000 Tiny Amphorae Envelop the Voluminous Forms of Grégoire Scalabre’s Elaborate Sculptures

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#ceramic
#porcelain
#sculpture

April 16, 2022

Kate Mothes

“The Ultimate Metamorphosis of Thetis,” (2021-2022). Symbol © Charles De Borggraef. All photographs shared with permission

Collecting hundreds of miniature porcelain vessels over massive surfaces and curvatures, Grégoire Scalabre confronts preconceptions of shape, scale, and subject matter in his intricate sculptures. The Paris-based artist hand-turns numerous tiny, vase-like packing containers paying homage to amphorae, or historical garage jars that had been generally lengthy and slender in order that they may well be snugly saved in combination. Drawing on a centuries-old custom of French porcelain making and an hobby in Greek mythology, his dynamic works mix implausible technical ability with a need to recast the medium in a brand new gentle and experiment with its bodily limits.

Roughly 1 to one.5 inches in top and part an inch large, each and every one in all Scalabre’s minuscule elements varies reasonably from the following. Some have longer flutes than others, squatter bases, flattened tops, or a curl to the lip of the outlet. When gathered, the items seem to undulate around the floor in fluid patterns. The inherent delicacy of excellent porcelain is challenged through the enormous scale at which those works take form.

 

“The Ultimate Metamorphosis of Thetis,” (2021-2022). Symbol © Charles De Borggraef

Status greater than six ft tall and months within the making, the artist’s most up-to-date paintings, “The Ultimate Metamorphosis of Thetis,” remembers a tale from Greek mythology a couple of sea nymph through the similar title. He translated a caricature of the composition right into a 3-d fashion, then created 70,000 particular person ceramic items through hand. One at a time, each and every vessel was once dipped in glaze, fired at a top temperature, and as soon as cooled, adhered to a construction product of resin foam.

Two of Scalabre’s sculptures, together with “The Ultimate Metamorphosis of Thetis,” are on view thru Would possibly 1 as a part of Porcelain Virtuosity at Homo Faber 2022 in Venice. You'll be able to to find extra of his paintings on Instagram. (by way of IGNANT)

 

“Cygnus”, (2021). Symbol © Anthony Girardi

“Soane,” (2020). Symbol © Anthony Girardi

“Soane,” (2020). Symbol © Anthony Girardi

“Achilles,” (2021). Symbol courtesy of Todd Merill Gallery

“Achilles,” (2021). Symbol courtesy of Todd Merill Gallery

Symbol © Charles De Borggraef

Symbol © Charles De Borggraef

Symbol © Virginie Mercier

#ceramic
#porcelain
#sculpture

 

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