Grand mas Laboratory
“The subconscious is not far, just look here”
Laure Prouvost - Shed A Light, 2018
Grand mas Laboratory is a stunning tapestry in which Laure Prouvost sketches an image of grandma’s nature lab. The work connects with ecofeminist themes that recur in several of Prouvost’s works in which a more experiential form of knowing and understanding nature is central and the boundaries between self and the world become porous. The figurative depiction of this abandoned laboratory in nature seems 'morphed' in several places, as if the elements in the image distort or melt away, sliding into another reality. Prouvost's characteristic play with language and meaning is present in the different text bits that further guide your understanding of the image. Shed a light for instance, refers simultaneously to a place and an action; the shed giving access to experiment, discovery and understanding.
Since 2014, Prouvost has been creating woven works that are often linked to a video work or sculpture. For instance, Grand mas Laboratory finds its echo in the video Shed A Light (2018) in which Prouvost finds a forgotten dystopian biolab in an abandoned overgrown garden; a beautiful film about the transformation of things, constant metamorphosis and the celebration of femininity.
2020 - Tapestry, thread - Provenance : Flanders Tapestries BVBA, Rijksweg 416, 8710 Wielsbeke, Belgium
290 x 433,5 cm (114 3/16 x 170 21/32 in)
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris / Brussels
°1978, Croix, Lille, France
Laure Prouvost is a multi-faceted artist constructing an œuvre that escapes all conventions and responds to her offbeat and poetic inclinations. All forms of authority are subverted in the sensitive, porous, quirky, and dreamlike world that she cleverly orchestrates. Through videos, paintings, drawings, tapestries, glass sculptures, ceramics, and performances, Prouvost creates truly immersive environments; fertile ground for personal mythologies and semi-fictional tales. Prouvost received the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2011. She was the first French artist to win the Turner Prize in 2013, before representing France at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Her work was recently exhibited in solo exhibitions at M HKA (Antwerp, BE), Bonnefanten Maastricht (NL), Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam, NL) Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen, DK), and Pirelli Hangar/Bicocca (Milan, IT). She is represented by the Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels), the Carlier | Gebauer Gallery (Berlin, Madrid), and the Lisson Gallery (London, New York, Shanghai, East Hamptons). She shares her time between London, Brussels, and Antwerp.
Portait © Jean Philippe Dordolo Courtesy de l'artiste et Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris Bruxelles