Vanitas, citron coupé
2020 Bronze lemons (real dimension, unique copy)
In my work I extrapolate the canons and configurations of objects in still life paintings from the 15th and 16th century. Artworks from artists Matthias Grünewald and Willem Claesz display peeled lemons hanging from string acting on a whim, these fruit signify a sense of opulence and a tasting session other than by mouth.
The artistic gesture is ultimately reduced to the simple fact of peeling fruit before pouring it. Thus freezing in time a precise moment of its own decadence. Technically speaking mirroring this gesture, the sculpture has the lemon literally burning in its refractory plaster mold, the molten bronze taking its place.