PARAMOR, Louise,
Artist Biography

A Very Public Affair, 2001
paper, plywood, glue
approximate installed size 450.0 cm x 260.0 cm x 260.0 cm

Statement

The Hidden Dimensions of Seduction

A Very Public Affair 20011is my latest variation in 'honey-comb' paper objects, which have been the focus of my investigation for the past two years.

In the elaboration of this series, I have followed a fascination
with the seductive quality inherent in collapsible sculptural forms
and have been experimenting with different sets of decorative elements. With the Lustgarten exhibition, achieved during my
one-year residency at KÜnstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, I perfected
the 'honey-comb' technique, pushing its limits in size and weight to construct whimsical yet disturbing and intimidating environments.

In two of my recent solo exhibitions, Heart-On and Outback Heat, I combined paper sculptures with ready-made objects, in these instances semi-erotic‚ 'girlie' beach towels and text borrowed from Mills and Boon's romantic novels which were embroidered onto the towels. The works joined ephemeral, cheap, vulgar and garish elements into a referential ensemble where each component consolidated the others' position to create an associative frame where the viewer was confronted with formal stereotypes on eroticism.

The present work, entitled A Very Public Affair, consists of a ceiling-to-floor compilation, a physically complex structure designed to both seduce and unnerve the viewer through its peculiar spatial positioning. While at first glance the piece presents a highly controlled architecture, its formal contradictions foreground a disturbing, hidden dimension. The predominant use of black, for instance, constitutes a specific attempt to subvert the festive associations generally attached to party decorations, by implanting an unsuspected emotive and reflective level into the reading of the object. The title of this work is of equal importance, as it reflects the current direction of my practice - that of the seductive nature found in borrowed words and imagery, which I aim to transpose into the sculptural realm.

Louise Paramor, October 2001

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