A truly French inspired know how and approach
Bénédicte Roland Clarke’s personal artistic approach, influenced by the work of Camille Claudel or Louise Bourgeois, is a synthesis of classical and figurative forms with contemporary concerns. She uses her own body and of other, in its entirety or in fragments, as an object common to all which in turn authenticates the viewing experience to the world. Her quest tends to represent the evolution of women's status from a fundamentally humanistic perspective, based on the intimacy of women in their political and social context.
This political and social interest, deeply rooted in the artist, translates into a myriad of artistic approaches which can combine painting, sculpture, video and installations where the strength, delicacy, sensuality, even the vulnerability of women are reflected. According to the artist, "the material used and the subjects addressed are inherently related." In a very eclectic approach, Clarke uses different materials: wax, metal, marble, fabric... according to and depending on the message she wants to convey. The representation of the body and its intimacy necessarily transgress certain limits but always with delicacy, sensitivity and sensuality.
After having repeatedly experimented with the subtleness of wax to create shapes and curves of women's bodies when hardening look like marble, Bénédicte Roland Clarke now seeks the opposite, to give her marble pieces a softness and suppleness resembling fabric.
From the resistance of this material, she has set herself the challenge of carving, polishing and taming it with curves and roundness that serve as a symbolic visual language honoring the eternal feminine.
During the course of her research and her experimentation, the artist has drawn on her expertise and acquired techniques that enable her to work a wide variety of materials. A part from her personal creations, she also plans to answer personalized orders.
Finally her work transmutes into allegorical representations of the feminine body which, in less explicit forms, can take the simple appearance of a cushion, or a piece of “lingerie,” suggesting the subject more than embodying it.
Bénédicte Roland Clarke’s stand of marble underwear has exhibited in January 2019 at the International Lingerie Salon (Salon International de la Lingerie) in Paris.