© claire le pape 2019

mysterious skin

If Le Pape's experiments tend to abstract compositions that play with space, light and color, her concerns about time and gesture sometimes lead her to explore a more physical commitment.


Through bold weaving research directly on bodies, or more roundabout works on paper or cloth, she allows herself investigating more common topics, like how embroidery or lace, that were refined, significant, and economically praised knowledge became domestic and gender-assigned confining practices.

She also inspires from psychoanalyst's writings, such as Didier Anzieu's "Le Moi-Peau" on the topic of fabric and garment as a second skin.

Those projects are a way for the artist to keep a link with a more incarnate practice, maintaining the necessary balance between abstraction and sensibility, dreamy visions and action, mind and body.