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Karine Benvenuti
Untitled II

2013

About

After having studied visual arts and worked as a graphic designer, in the 2000s Karine Benvenuti took another path to devote herself to ceramics: "I wanted to return to something more creative, to get closer to the medium and express myself physically “. Bernard Soleil, the ceramicist who lives in her village just a stone's throw away from her home, introduced her to working with clay, and she rapidly developed her own self-taught techniques. As an admirer of paintings by Tapiès, Soulages and Rothko, sculptures by Chillida, and ceramics by Claudi Casanovas, Claude Champy and Claire Debril, she chose the language of abstraction. Karine Benvenuti shapes her clay with a sculptor’s gestures. By ongoing research into the material, she strives to convey "spontaneity of gesture and spatial harmony induced by contrasting shadow and light, soft and rough textures, empty and full spaces, heaviness and lightness ... but also contemplation, like when you’re looking at a beautiful landscape ". In her works, the materials that she has developed hold the marks of their movements. In her unique pieces, inspired by the bark of trees and volcanic rocks, the clay’s raw beauty reveals its mineral textures. The works of Karine Benvenuti do not merely catch the eye – they grab it, as do those “found stones” that are turned up by attentive walkers; those Suiseki which the Far East turned into art, or perhaps those that have their origins with the Aboriginal Tjuringas. They have this obvious yet improbable capacity that natural things possess, which attention, work or meditation, can charge with humanity and culture to transform into viaticum for today’s journeys. Alternating between mineral or telluric, smooth or rugged, pearly or porous textures, Benvenuti plays with contrasts to better reveal the fine balances between strength, fragility, softness and power. Her sculptures evoke the snowy landscapes of her youth in the Hautes Alpes, and draw us into the heart of the clay and the depths of the glaze

Details

  • Artist
    Karine Benvenuti (1959, French)
  • Creation year
    2013
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 10.63 in. x W 9.85 in. x D 9.45 in.

    H 27 cm x W 25 cm x D 24 cm

  • Gallery location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference number
    LU1362953721

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