2016 Season I


Artist Statement

Benedicte Thoraval's work involves dealing with the statut and the role of images. He uses different medias and processes as his goal is to question the authenticity of those images. For instance, Thoraval associates or superimposes paintings, drawings, videos, objects- so his installations are made from leaps and bounds. Initially, for starting points Thoraval uses different documents such as printed images, photographs, extracts from movies that he transforms by several plastic operations. Thoraval's work is influenced by the beginning of the caricature, the comics, and the Japanese movies, Lessing and the theatricality of the work of Fahlström.


In Thoraval's opinion, drawings are an open form. Their materiality and scale can change according to the context. His drawings are created by "layers" at different times. The immediacy of a drawing challenges or questions by gesture and deferred temporality. In fact the drawings are often scanned, digitally retouched and reworked by hand. Consequently, it is difficult to distinguish between the original and the reproduction. In Thoraval's recent drawings he tries to crystalize the movement between figure and abstraction.