Jannick Deslauriers : Migration
Art Mûr Leipzig
Spinnereistraße 7, Halle 4b
Abstract from a text by Natasha Chaykowski
The precariousness of all material arrangements is a cosmic reality. Nothing in this world is immune to the constant imperative of universal physical flux that manifests itself as ruination. Flowers sprout from seedlings and perish as frost settles in, even the most monolithic of buildings crumble at the foundations after years of erosion and subtle topographic shifting, and the passing of time takes an inevitable toll on our very own bones and skin. As they say, from ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Jannick Deslauriers’s woven sculptures fix specific moments in the process of change, inviting a consideration of impermanence through the use of delicate materials, whimsical forms, and their ethereal, floating presence. Her practice is characterized by a technique, use of materials, and aesthetic that is largely consistent; her sculptures are typically made of flimsy, translucent fabrics—lace and organza—that, when sown together in three-dimensional shapes, slump at odd angles, yearning to succumb to the demands of gravity. In rendering these varied objects—the organic and the manufactured—uniformly in diaphanous materials, Deslauriers fixes all matter in a state of delicate suspension.
Deslauriers’s delicate florals and gauzy textures usher her architectural subject matter from the domain of the derelict to that of the poetic, democratizing all forms of ruination; silk, lace, brick, and metal all in their turn decompose. After all, there are no material hierarchies in the realm of dust.