Pièce Numéro 12
Pauline Bonnet

Set of sculptural ceramics « toxics
Unique piece, 2021
Stoneware and lead glaze
29 x 28 x 31 cm

I am well aware that once exhibited, my pieces do not belong to me anymore; they are offered to the viewer, put at his disposal within a public space, and from then on they become free of interpretation and mental appropriation, for whoever is interested in them. However, it seems important to me to specify that upstream of this act of monstration, my pieces have a completely different type of existence, a time during which they are absolutely mine.
I often jokingly refer to « my objects as babies », and it is not by chance that I use this expression; indeed, even if it is not necessarily legible a posteriori for the viewer, there is a filiation, a strong emotional link between me and the things I create. They are a form of catharsis, they are frequently born following traumatic experiences, and are certainly marked by something I want to put outside of myself. In other words, they exist as therapeutic supports, receptacles in which I deposit all that I may need to excrete.

These receptacles that I make for myself and to which I entrust the things that I cannot say, are then an expression and a shaping of my interiority, made by and for me in first place. They shelter my intimacy and are a way of taking care of my interior, at home and in me. Also, although the criterion of beauty is subjective and debatable, aesthetic research holds a great place within my practice, on the one hand because it deals with the question of decoration, but also because it is a way of taking care of my pain. Rather than making hideous objects that are expressive and obvious of the horrors they contain, I do my best to make them desirable and attractive. Giving the pain a glow, transfiguring the trauma, is much more therapeutic for me than exposing it as it is; paying attention to my pain, literally taking it in hand, is a way of controlling it in order to free myself from it.

Jeune céramiste-plasticienne, designer textile de formation, Pauline Bonnet articule sa pratique autour des questions de la couleur, du motif et de la matière, et imagine ainsi des ensembles d’objets sophistiqués qui interrogent le statut de l’art décoratif. Elle s’emploie à explorer la relation corrélative qui existe entre intérieur et intériorité, et imagine un dialogue en miroir entre le chez soi et le en soi. S’attachant à renouveler les formes et les savoir-faire propres aux arts du feu, elle fabrique des pièces évocatrices, à la fois objets et sujets, qui habitent autant qu’elles abritent ; ses objets domestiques figurent un ailleurs, performent un intérieur fictif, dont le regardeur est invité à s’emparer en y projetant ses propres phantasmes.

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