(photo: Jean-Pierre Loubat)
“BOXING AS AESTHETIC OF ELEGANCE”
With her exhibition called “Ring”, Isabelle de Scitivaux shows all her maestria to fill space with her sculptures. Her works composed of wires of iron, aluminum, enamelled copper, brass or rattan enclose the air and reconfigure an interior space. It is known that in classical statuary the subject will exist from the recess. From the release of the gangue will emerge, a rather romantic vision, some ideal image wanted by the artist. Here a mental construction revolving around a physical mesh gives birth to forms that are easily recognizable in appearance. These rhinoceros silhouettes, boxing gloves, bullfighters’ jackets (“chaquetilla”) hang in the air or this figure in the process of tormenting seem so familiar … yet there is a strong gap between representation and perception.
We find ourselves in the presence of a staging whose amusing or tragic side will not slip any viewer. Spatiality remains a cardinal notion of her work, while a play of light and shadow reflects an interior life. Will the aura of these inanimate objects be evoked? Why not ? From their invisible soul, enclosed in a body pierced with holes, will spring a plastic evidence, that of elegance. The artist evokes indeed “imaginary carapaces” about her achievements; But in order to protect what, if not this immaterial principle of existence. An incessant back and forth between the inside and the outside works, between this “emptiness” from the inside and that “empty-filled” from the outside. A device that allows her achievements to lay bare their structure since all the points are visible and claimed, concession to a modernist architecture that does not hide anything.
This is a gap, but also an imperceptible shift in the status of her sculptures and her approach. Isabelle de Scitivaux evokes boxing and here comes the opera. With this Wagnerian semantic shift one would come to the notion of a total art in which music is also present. The “Ring” therefore, also a ring of protection where the mind applied to play with the emptiness refers to the strength of the unwillingness of Zen. This metaphorical archer whose arrow inevitably reaches the target appears similar to the artist who invariably strikes us in the heart.