Monique Régimbald-Zeiber
Grande peau de chagrin

1996

Acrylic on canvas (2 elements)
Grande peau: 112 x 159 cm
Petite peau: 17.5 x 12.5 cm
2003.1.1-2
Gift of the artist

This work is made up of two almost monochromatic canvases that sparingly evoke a large-scale nude, or even a drum-hide, oscillating between self-portrait and social depiction. Grande peau de chagrin (a large skin of sorrow) induces contemplation by suggesting a relational body vis-à-vis the viewer; we could lose ourselves in the photographic quality of these stretches of skin lain out before us. The accumulation of thin layers of translucent acrylic paint, sometimes applied with the naked hand, lends a carnal quality to the expanse of flesh that seems to extend beyond the frame(s), suggesting a boundless embodiment.

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