Adeline de Monseignat

Adeline de Monseignat’s recent work attempts to subvert the familiar through the experience of ‘the uncanny’ (Freud, Das Unheimliche, 1919). With artists like Oppenheim and Bourgeois in mind, her interest lies in ‘making the familiar strange’. With the simple combination of organic materials such as glass, fur, living worms and earth, her sculptures aim to provoke tensions between the threatening and the safe, the animate and the inanimate, while remaining on the threshold between the familiar and the unfamiliar.

These unconventional materials contribute to the dialogue around life, birth, death and decay triggered by her work. In this way it simultaneously repulses and seduces. Fur like earth, pressed behind glass, suggests a potential tactile experience that one can only undergo by ‘touching with the eyes’, while the glass almost implies a clinical scientific platform for experimentation.

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Adeline de Monseignat 2011

Adeline de Monseignat 2011

Touching with the eyes II / Hairy Bald Head
Vintage fur, pillow piller, glass
25 x 25 x 13 cm


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Adeline de Monseignat 2012

Adeline de Monseignat 2012

Mother HEB/Loleta (detail)
Vintage fur (red fox), pillow filler, silicone, silica gel, glass
250 x 250 x 250 cm


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Adeline de Monseignat 2012

Adeline de Monseignat 2012

Mother HEB/Loleta (detail)
Vintage fur (red fox), pillow filler, silicone, silica gel, glass
250 x 250 x 250 cm


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Adeline de Monseignat 2012

Adeline de Monseignat 2012

Mother HEB
Vintage fur (red fox), pillow filler, silicone, silica gel, glass
90 cm diameter


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Adeline de Monseignat 2012

Adeline de Monseignat 2012

Spworm
Glass, soil, worms
Dimensions variable


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Adeline de Monseignat 2013

Adeline de Monseignat 2013

Incubator II
Seven glass spheres (vintage fur, pillow filler) on bed of sand inside vintage terrarium



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Adeline de Monseignat 2013

Adeline de Monseignat 2013

Incubator II
Seven glass spheres (vintage fur, pillow filler) on bed of sand inside vintage terrarium



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Adeline de Monseignat 2013

Adeline de Monseignat 2013

Incubator II
Seven glass spheres (vintage fur, pillow filler) on bed of sand inside vintage terrarium



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