06 . 09 — 19 . 10 . 2013
GALERIE AGNÈS MONPLAISIR • 8 BIS RUE JACQUES CALLOT 75006 PARIS • T +33 (0)1 56 81 83 51
Candida Romero, an artist captivated by old supports that she recovers, created her “Little Girls” as hybrid works, made of old pictures, collages, paintings and texts, a set which will be presented at the Galerie Agnès Monplaisir for the upcoming artistic season next September.
These “Little Girls” is a project started by the visual artist in complicity with the writer Pierre-Jean Rémy, member of the French Academy, who for quite some time was collecting old photographs, especially those of young women and children. Together, they selected around a hundred images. Then, for each of these photographs, Pierre-Jean Rémy wrote some texts in the form of open love letters or affectionate notes to each of these girls.
In turn, Candida Romero enlarged these photographs, applied them to canvas and then she stroked these reinvented images of her own with the story imagined by her accomplice, using enigmatic phrases or loving texts calligraphed, fragments of nothing and everything, always accompanied by some substance: bits of lace or silk, paper, dried flowers and leaves, insects, marbles, hair.
In between fetishism and poetry, the result is a collection of contemporary poetic and romantic ex-voto inside glass boxes. Sumptuous and sometimes troubling images responding to the texts of Pierre-Jean Rémy, these «Little Girls» is therefore a true book of memories where each of these young girl and women as reinvented by Candida Romero are reunited, teeming with fragments of dead life.
© David Atlan