Le baiser du papillon
Captivated by the world of infancy and its many ambivalences, Katia Bourdarel knows all about the unsettling and blurry line between innocence and perversity. The stories she tells us are those of passage- suspended moments when the body seems to disappear, to forget itself, in order to let a metamorphose take place. Here, for the artist’s second solo exhibition at La Bank gallery, Katia Bourdarel replaces the flora with the fauna, and invites these new figures into the strange bestiary that animates her newest oeuvre. Multicolored clouds of butterflies resting on a sleeping princess’ mane rubbing elbows with frozen birds, perhaps dead, perhaps as offerings to these lustful Lolita’s that delicately provoke the viewers. Sweet ambiguities of these desiring and desired bodies, contemplated and at the same time contemplating, a waking dream or a suspended conscience. Loyal to mythological allusions, Katia Bourdarel calls in the figure of the Psyche, the princess becoming the goddess with the wings of the butterfly, united always to divine love while becoming Eros’ lover. It is this state of grace and disgrace- where the chrysalis guides itself to rebirth and self knowledge- this reflexive state, where one sits in limbo between two worlds, between two states of conscience, where the exterior world calls to us as we sometimes shy away from it, that traverses, once again, Katia Bourdarel’s oeuvre.