Josepha Blanchet projects the Baroque into a new dimension. The artist succeeds in emphasizing the post-Baroque dimension by creating a possible projection in the future in order to redefine the artistic style characterized by the conjugation of details (which are sometimes too many) and the idealization of human beauty. Blanchet provides a feminine perspective and creates a new space to develop the perception upon Baroque reminiscences, by means of minimalist and contemporary resources.
In the artist’s installation, the woman does not willingly accept to be idealized and wrapped up in lace (in this context, a symbol of the woman’s idealization and objectification), she struggles, almost to the point when she appears to be choked by an unseen hand which, apparently, enfolds the delicate body of the woman. A more profound look would distinguish Josepha Blanchet’s real intention in the artistic installation: the adornment and alteration of natural beauty and, finally, the woman, according to the general expected standards. Not by fierce force does the artist fight against the assumptions of this clichéd society, but with a feminine, sensible and ethereal movement, twisting and steering, like a butterfly wrapped up in a spider web.
The feminine figure represents the portrait of the modern woman, who is not capable of coping with a brutal society, and suggests, through light and movement, the “burden” that the woman has to undergo every day, under “the oppression of the lace”. The visual metaphor is potentiated by the artistic talent and the technique of transposition which the young artist interweaves masterly. The French artist digs deep into the conformism of our society and uncovers the purely feminine and delicate nature, defined by a translucent and almost Botticelli-like white, a pictorial image of the woman, who is being seduced by external expectations.
(Mirela Vladuti - Baroque||Urban coordinator)