CORINNE MARIAUD, LAYING HEAD

When we think of the ideal man or woman, we don’t picture them disembodied. But Corinne Mariaud’s series, “Laying Head”, sees it a little differently. Much like “Trophies”, Mariaud creates shocking portraits to demonstrate that our internal essence is what matters most. Here, we see a hauntingly beautiful, bodiless head laid out on the table before us. It stops us in our tracks and makes us ponder. And that’s exactly the point—because real beauty is being at peace with our thoughts, separated from everything else, light and free. This theme takes cues from Constantin Brâncuși’s Sleeping Muse from 1910, where a bronze sleeping head sculpture symbolized solitude and peace. One of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, the late Brâncuși once said, “Simplicity is complexity resolved”. That sentiment can be felt here in each of Mariaud’s subjects, where the head is all it needs, appearing to be put on a pedestal. From Brâncuși to Ron Mueck to Henri de Miller, Mariaud has had a range of inspiration from some of the greats in Body Art. Mariaud’s Man’s Head Resting on his Hand reminds us of Miller’s 1986 stone sculpture, Écoute, where people still revel today in its giant structure. But for all the complexity that “Laying Head” exudes, there’s softness to it all. The faces are round and angelic, the hair is soft and healthy, and sometimes you’ll catch a grin. But if it gets us to stop talking and simply listen, then that’s art in itself.

SOLO SHOW
2016 du 26 mai au 25 Juin : solo show Alliance Française de Singapour, I Try so Hard
2015 décembre : Scope Miami Art Fair, Galerie Michele Mariaud, New York
2015 novembre - décembre : Galerie Myriam Bouagal (Paris, France) Désordre
2015 janvier - mars : Galerie Annie Gabrielli (Montpellier, France), I Try so Hard
2013 Galerie Living with Art (New York City, USA), série : Trophées
2013 mai - juin : Galerie Annie Gabrielli (Montpellier, France), Je ne Suis Pas Un Homme

GROUP SHOW
2015 novembre : Fotofever Paris, Galerie Annie Gabrielli (Montpellier, France)
2013 Rencontres photographiques Arles, France, sélection festival Voies Off, commissaire
Christophe Laloi, série : Je ne suis pas un Homme
Mois de la photo (Paris, France), Fotofever, galerie Livingwithart (NYC, USA)
série : Trophées
Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne, Suisse), conservateur Daniel Girardin, projection Séries :
Trophée, Désordre, Espace Public, Je ne suis pas un homme.
2012 La Nuit de l'Instant (Marseille), commissaire Christophe Laloi, série : Climax
Reykjavík Photo Festival (Islande), commissaire Christophe Laloi, série : Climax
2011 Lettre de la Photographie, sélection Jean-Luc Monterosso, série Climax
2010 Rencontres photographiques Arles, Sélection Voies Off, commissaire Christophe
Laloi, série : Climax
Biennale Internationale Photographique de Liège (Belgique), commissaire
Anne-Françoise Lesuisse, série : Désordre, (avec Edouard Levé, Mrs Delmotte, Nathan
Baker, Anthony Goicolea, thomas Mailaender)
2009 Photographie en campagne (Cahors), série : Désordre
Sélection Photoeuropa 2009 commissaire Claire Bresson série : Désordre

EDUCATION
Ecole supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré (Paris, France)

Works and lives in Paris