Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/3/12
(Image: Laetitia Soulier,The Matriochka Dolls 2/3 From the Fractal Architectures Series, 2012, C-print, 40x80 in; © Laetitia Soulier)
Laetitia Soulier (b. 1978, Bordeaux, France)
"Soulier's multimedia practice includes photography, video, animation and model-making techniques. The Matryoshka Dolls, a chapter from her Fractal Architectures series, includes photos of toy- and life-scale interiors constructed by Soulier. Every element of the constructions was inspired by the form of the nesting Matryoshka dolls: from clock to pram to doorway arch, everything seems to curve, curl, and spin with the undulations born from this archetype. By using fractal logic as a generative tool, Soulier built a “dollhouse” that, shown on a grander scale, re-envisions a plaything's cozy hermitage as a hypnotic and purgatorial cell. The Palindromes series consists of sets of diptychs, each pairing a symmetrical landscape with a portrait of identical twins. Though the landscapes are of everyday transitional spaces such as parking lots and subway stations, Soulier captures select scenes at precise junctures to reveal the modern and quotidian at its most uncanny. The twins are situated in studio recreations based on their accompanying scenes, further compounding the doubling motif and deepening the sense of hyperreality elicited by the diptychs. Even the works' palindromic titles engage Soulier's mirroring system, as titles like Never odd or even and Level 11 pitch her visual feedback loops into semantic overdrive."
By Jesse Patrick Martin, Art Critic, Writer.
Laetitia Soulier was born in 1978 in Bordeaux, France, studied throughout Paris to receive her BFA from the Art School of Cergy, her MFA from l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, and a degree in philosophy from the University of Paris. She then studied photography and studio lighting at Les Gobelins, Ecole de l'Image. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Beaux Arts de Paris, and the Musashino University in Tokyo. Most recently she had a solo show at the Aperture Foundation. She was also selected as the New York Photo Festival’s Multimedia category winner and won the Exposure Award grand prize.
Laetitia Soulier was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #6 of the ArtSlant Showcase Series.
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