From November 5th until the 26th, Maya Guidi Art Gallery welcomes the sculpted world of Jade, a French artist who transforms clay according to her sensitivity.
This visceral need of sculpting comes from her childhood which she spent, most of the time, at her aunt’s workshop. Once she graduated from high school, she headed to Paris and joined the ESAG. She started exhibiting her works of art in 1994, in France, in the United States and in Switzerland. I met her 10 years ago when she was already a full-time artist: sensitive, imaginative and powerful. So a few weeks before her very first solo exhibition in Geneva, I couldn’t resist the temptation of driving to her art studio in Anthy-sur-Léman.
Nestled in an old farm about to be restored, Jade’s studio is located in a remote corner of the family house, at the south end of the building. This is where she sets her imagination free. Eyes wide open, I discover her fabulous world made of old sculptures which I was familiar with and some novelty as well. The past and the prospect of an infinite future, the present being the binder. A crocodile sits on a comfortable armchair. Silhouettes of infinite beauty appear. I see a tree and when I come close, I discover the face of a woman among the leaves. There are also scenes of gigantic cliffs where a tiny little forest rises. When you imagine things, you can undo and remodel the world. I think of Baudelaire who used to write that a good painting should be produced as a world of its own.
Here, “it’s the dream of a little girl” says Jade who decided to become an artist at the age of 12. And each new sculpture gives the dream a bit more reality. Here, Jade is looking for singularity which she invents at any moment. A state of wholeness and ambiguity.
From November 5th until the 26th
Opening on November 5 and 6th (during Art7 Carouge) from 11am to 5pm with the presence of the artist
Rue St-Joseph 40, 1227 Carouge
Wed to Fri 2-6pm, Sat 10am-1pm & upon appointments