Julia Gault is a visual artist born in 1991 that graduated with the jury Honors, from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris in 2016.

She questions the gesture of erecting matter, giving it height and trying to make it hold. An unnatural gesture since everything tends to be brought back to the ground by the force of gravity. Her sculptures and installations speak of the fragility of the vertical posture. They are in precarious balance, often on the verge of collapse.

on "Imagining the Next Steps"

"I am interested in the human desire to build ever higher architectures, in a desire for excess, power and eternity. Erecting matter, controlling it, making it static is an unnatural gesture. Today, we are witness to a world of human constructions which vacillates on its foundations, put to the test by the forces of nature. Collapse of buildings or bridges, dam failure, tsunami, landslide, etc. are so many milestones of an era, of a society which wanted to overcome, and which sometimes neglected, a fierce nature and indomitable.

It is this tension between the will to control and the natural forces which is at the heart of the installation I am proposing entitled « Où le désert rencontrera la pluie »(Where the desert will meet the rain). Composed of various containers of water - bottles, jerry cans, carboys, watering cans - which were molded and then pulled into uncooked clay, this installation encountered in evidence an impossibility to stem the forces of nature. Water is a shapeless, fluid and constantly moving elements, it is the natural element par excellence. Its characteristics make it the element at the origin of the fragility of matter, in our natural and urban landscapes. The containers present in the installation can no longer contain anything. Some have even been filled with water beforehand to begin their gradual collapse. Water gives the clay its formlessness, one and the other nourish a tumultuous relationship. These fragile forms are stored on steel shelves, which draw in space a rigorous vertical and horizontal grid; a sort of collection of contemporary vases. The pattern of the grid, which is found both in the drawings of cities, from architectural constructions to the concrete iron which consolidates the material, as in the scientific graph, is a symbol of human rigor, of its will to control. These cold shelves and almost perfect geometry formally oppose the decay of these frail earthen shapes.

Like the colossus with the foot of clay, we inherit a world where the instability of human constructions becomes a symbol of a system which must change for those who will succeed us.


"From a risk of flight to that of its propagation, « Onde de submersion » (Wave of submersion) thus reads like the allegory of a system in distress or the sign of a civilization arrived at saturation. His proposal thus recommends to return to the earth, to take care of the ground on which the human structure rests to better prevent the risk of a permanent tilting. Without giving in to the catastrophism of the environment, it easily delivers its feeling on the state of the world. So she leaves open the question of whether we can still plug the faults, and invites the public to wonder: is the earth not already intrying to hide under our feet? " Extract from the text of Florian Gaité for the exhibition "Onde de submersion" at the Contemporary Art Space Camille Lambert, Juvisy-sur-Orge »



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