Bea Bonafini: Chimère
Galerie Chloe Salgado, Paris
7 September - 12 October 2019
PV Friday 6 September 2019 6-9pm
Taking a Delphic standpoint between the religious, the mythological and the fantastical, Bea Bonafini has created a series of baptismal fonts, narrative friezes, and assemblages of fragmented objects, that adopt the language of displaced artefacts, in order to shape new narratives.
For Chimère (or chimera), Bea invokes the elements of water and air, and employs an ancient marbling technique where porcelain is stained, layered, cut and recomposed repeatedly, to create patterns and distortions which remain unglazed.
Where chimeras are fusions of creatures, a chimera is also a thing which is hoped for but that is merely illusory. Throughout the show, human, aquatic and aerial creatures are interchangeable, and aspirations and dreams are capable of melting human physical and mental limits.
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