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Entre la peinture rococo et la photo moderne, une évocation voluptueuse du nu

Imagine a perfectly fleshy pre-Raphaelite bottom, rendered not in paint but in pastel-coloured foam. This is the work of fine artist Etienne Gros, whose series Les Mousses sculpts polyurethane foam around wire skeletons to form undulating chunky forms, uncannily like human bodies but completely inert.

Gros’ use of foam goes beyond aesthetics or convenience. “Polyurethane foam is a material used by most human of all countries and all social categories. Every day we are in contact with this foam: sitting or lying on cushions, chairs, sofas, beds, car seats… All this foam wrapped in fabric or leather, taking on the shape of our bodies. We are born, we sleep, we make love and die on this matter.” The sculptor bridges the gap between the foam’s basic, invisible use, and our dependence on it, making work that fuses the two; and is visually gorgeous besides.

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