Claire Trotignon - Cold Hill Side

Cold Hill Side, an expression taken from the poem La Belle Dame sans merci, is a series of three silkscreens created by Claire Trotignon.

 

 Cold Hill Side, an expression taken from the poem La Belle Dame sans merci, is a series of three silkscreens created by Claire Trotignon.

Claire Trotignon was born in 1985 in Paris, where she lives and works.

She graduated with honours from the École supérieure des beaux-arts in Tours in 2008, and has become one of the most talented artists of her generation. All her work revolves around a questioning of codes that drive our reality. Through her huge installations and series of drawings, collages, photographs, she holds to this practice of shaking up the ‘here and now’.

She collects fragments of antique prints and reconstructs fictional, almost heroic landscapes. Working from a hodgepodge of different scales, she interposes fragments of modernist architecture, reactivating the ambiguities unique to our culture. She offers to our view an almost idyllic landscape, floating freely in space. Modernists, in their beyond-the-human trappings, remain a destructive force, a reflection of ruin.
But once the modernists are removed by the new order of hyper-capitalism, what happens then? How should we consider our part in the world when all the signs show the imminence of their replacement? It is this colossal challenge that Claire Trotignon tries to respond to. The utopian buildings she peoples with her representations teach the process of a form of idealism that modern capitalism uses to hold us to its mercantile purposes. So we have to see a kind of re-enchantment with the visible in these works. With exceptional delicacy, Claire Trotignon indicates to us that the image may still be, not the sum of its ordinary places, but the place of the ordinary.

Reference Trotignon Cold Hill Side
Size 75 x 105 cm
Edition 8 copies
Technique Original serigraphies

Trotignon (Claire)


The artist was born in 1985 in Paris, where she lives and works. She graduated with honours from the École supérieure des beaux-arts in Tours in 2008, and has become one of the most talented artists of her generation. All her work revolves around a questioning of codes that drive our reality. Through her huge installations and series of drawings, collages and photographs, she holds to this practice of shaking up the ‘here and now’. She collects fragments of antique prints and reconstructs fictional, almost heroic landscapes. Working from a hodgepodge of different scales, she introduces fragments of modernist architecture, reactivating the ambiguities unique to our culture. She offers to our view an almost idyllic landscape, floating freely in space. Modernists, in their beyond-the-human trappings, remain a destructive force, a reflection of ruin. But once the modernists are removed by the new order of hyper-capitalism, what happens then? How should we consider our part in the world when all the signs show the imminence of their replacement? It is this colossal challenge that Claire Trotignon tries to respond to. The utopian buildings she peoples with her representations teach the process of a form of idealism that modern capitalism uses to hold us to its mercantile purposes. So we have to see a kind of re-enchantment with the visible in these works. With exceptional delicacy, Claire Trotignon indicates to us that the image may still be, not the sum of its ordinary places, but the place of the ordinary.

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