This on-going series has been part of Corinne Héraud’s artistic approach, since 2010 and consists of “capturing” members of the public from television talk shows. These people, previously “invisible”, become the unexpected and paradoxical protagonists of her research focused on delving into in the fragments that constitute our identity.
Technique: Photography (photographic transfer onto watercolour paper) and mixed media on assembled wooden frames. Each work is unique.
This on-going series has been inspired by the poem of Charles Baudelaire « I love the thought of those old
naked days “
I love the thought of those old naked days
When Phoebus gilded torsos with his rays,
When men and women sported, strong and fleet,
Without anxiety or base deceit,
And heaven caressed them, amorously keen
To prove the health of each superb machine.
Cybele then was lavish of her guerdon
And did not find her sons too gross a burden:
But, like a she-wolf, in her love great-hearted,
Her full brown teats to all the world imparted.
Bold, handsome, strong, Man, rightly, might evince
Pride in the glories that proclaimed him prince —
Fruits pure of outrage, by the blight unsmitten,
With firm, smooth flesh that cried out to be bitten.
Roy Campbell, Poems of Baudelaire (New York: Pantheon Books, 1952)
Technique: Photography and mixed media on wooden frames. Each work is unique.
These images interrogate us about the residue of the millions of faces that cross our paths. As spectators, we barely glance at them or penetrate their ethereal flesh but as soon as they become embodied by a procedure that shields them with an authentic skin, their presence is charming, obsessive and troubling.
Bestowed with energetic luminosity the empty masks are adorned with strangeness then suddenly animated and interpellant.
Born in 1971, resides and works in Pizieux (France). Self-taught.
Following a professional experience unrelated to photography, Corinne Héraud began her career as an artist in 2006 with an exhibition that was to mark the beginning of work in which intimacy would play a major part.
Her work is based on introspective questioning that excavates to the heart of human nature, addressing topics including identity, image in society and solitude.
Deeply inspired by pictorialism, her perpetual research of methods that provide each photograph with its own unique character strongly influences her approach. She employs techniques that require manual intervention, thus allowing her to “embody” the image in materials that are shaped by hand. The randomness of these manipulations makes each photograph unique.