Galerie Mélissa Paul

Clotilde Ancarani

For more than 20 years, Clotilde Ancarani put into pratice her ease with painting and sculpture expressing her observation of nature by distancing herself from any intellectualism. At a crossword between furniture and sculpture, her bronze figured objects are molded and cast to simulate the organic supple of leaves. Despite being rendered in rigid bronze, one of the oldest used and strongest metals, Ancarani’s pieces exudes an enticing levity. The unlikely juxtaposition of material and form is evidence of the artist’s striking originality and wit, while the bronze’s rich tone and varied patinas express a precious fragility. With a focus on creating sublime pieces of functional and collectible design, the artist merges the art and design works into a seamless whole, resulting in enduring works of beauty that provoke the viewer to examine what functional art can be.