Lisa Duroux

Born in 1981

Lives and works in Lyon

"Lisa Duroux explores subjects like the body, space and temporariness. Her sculptural installations, which at first glance may seem unfinished, are balanced between a poetic articulation of space and abstract landscapes. One of the central motifs of her work is the interaction between the body and its absence. Her research hinges on the notion of articulation, ligaments, mechanisms and artificiality. By using salvaged materials combined with specific shapes made with ceramic, Lisa works on the articulation of a dislocated, androgynous, disarticulated body, at once hard and soft. The artist’s creative process starts with salvaged materials, as if she were giving life to a Frankenstein monster. Tension arises from the combination of materials – leather, rope, cable, neon thread, salt, and ceramic – and from this union comes a new anatomy. Body parts hanging from the ceiling stretch down to the ground: here a hand, there the firm stuffing of a torso; here a knee, and there a ligament. A balance is found in the anthropomorphic tangle of electric wires, cables, leather and sports equipment. The ropes and industrial straps bring to mind a skilfully harnessed mountaineer gracefully climbing up a mountain. The ceramics and kneepads, on the other hand, remind us of the body’s fragility: one needs care and attention in order to push one’s limits. With their range of colours that lets light filter through the shapes, Lisa Duroux’s sculptures and installations steer industrial materials away from their original harshness and invite us to consider the articulation and mechanics of a modern body (dis)connected to/from its environment. In addition to her research in the field of visual arts, Lisa Duroux is also a musician who works mainly with drums and her own voice. She writes texts that she uses as foundations for her songs."

About Lisa Duroux’s work, Sophie Lvoff, 2017
Translated by Lucy Pons, 2022
In parallel to her research in visual arts, Lisa Duroux develops a practice of music, she has as instruments of preference the drums and the voice.

Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.