Typhaine Le Monnier MFA

Master-Thesis: "(next) next to nothing - Next to Roland Barthes theory on jewelry"

Supervision: Prof. Ute Eitzenhöfer, Prof. Eva-Maria Kollischan, Prof. Theo Smeets

"The Venus study series 2015, is an illustration of an abstract Venus of Willendorf. A fertility goddess reduced to her physical essentials, whose curvilinear shapes where the body seems to overflow with ripeness, are examples of accumulative, burgeoning mounds.
[...] Certain parts of the human anatomy are exaggerated: abdomen, hips, breasts, thights, and vulva. In contrast, other anatomical details are neglected or absent, especially the arms and feet.
Inspired by this principle of emphasis and fragmentation I designed the Venus studies necklaces. They are marble fgures, which give emphasis to the detail of the female breast as a symbolic fragment of femininity. The marble schematized breast demonstrate a certain geometrical severity. The objects combine depurate drawings together with the marble, in order to ironically refer to the ancient Greek statuary: an ideal, distant, cold perfection of the Greek female depiction. This abstract austerity is softened by the feshy colored biomorphic elastic band, given as a reference to womens lingerie and intimate objects that reveal a tangible anachronism between the intimate and the functional device. These two units become one, presented simultaneously as austere and intimate by combining an abstract purity to a more organic expressivity. [...]"

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