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Lucianne Lassalle

Born in Paris in 1960, now living in Bristol, Lucianne Lassalle has made sculpture since she was a child. The human form has always been her passion, holding endless possibilities, as pure sculptural form or as a socio-political reflection or comment. Hugely influenced by contemporary dance and physical theatre, she explores dramatic movement as figures fly, fall and dance through space. "I see the human form as the interface between the mental, emotional and spiritual processes inside and the external manifestation of these in the world. I am fascinated by the complexity of the human experience and from this I am compelled and inspired to make sculpture" Lucianne Lassalle

With desolation, arrogance, joy, tenderness the human form is marked, twisted and bent, authored by different states of being. The human form also leads her investigation into the vulnerabilities and vibrancy of human nature often inferring the archetypes of ancient mythologies especially Abrahamic and Greco/Roman. Lassalle's obsession with the myth of Icarus, this winged subject also allows her to express a wide range of dynamic movement. "Some of the work subtly 'has a go' at male machismo while simultaneously paying tribute to the whole classical culture that was largely their (male) invention" says Howard Male. Lassalle works from the life model, as well as from photos and memory. Working on pieces on all scales from 15cm to 2m, she works in initially in clay the sculpture is then cast into limited edition bronzes or resins.