Wilfrid Almendra

Born in 1972 in Cholet (France), he lives and works in Marseille and Grenoble.

Le mouvement de la danseuse, 2022
Galva tube, steel, copper tubes, peacock feathers, cast aluminum,
paint, crust of rock 240 x 120 x 94 cm

Slug, 2022
Cast Alumium, lapis-lazuli painting, 2 x 12 x 2 cm

Slug I, 2022
Cast Bronze, 2 x 12 x 2 cm

Slug II, 2022
Cast Bronze, 2 x 12 x 2 cm

Slug III, 2022
Cast Bronze, 2 x 12 x 2 cm

Courtesy of the artist & galerie Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris

Willa Wasserman paints the memories that escape us, the fantasies that inhabit us, the ghosts that haunt us. Her works travel between self-portraits, intimate portraits, and subjects inherited from motif painting, where the artist seems to welcome a classical iconography, an assumed legacy of traditional artistic practices in the history of Western and dominant art, in order to better defuse it. Willa Wasserman paints nudes and bouquets of flowers, often drawn in round shapes. The “tondos” that refer to the 15th century Madonnas as much as a more domestic form of painting that was embedded in the antique moldings. The works are not always done on canvas but often on metal, a medium which allows the paint to swallow and gently reflect the light. The artist also makes use of the metal tip, a drawing technique dating back to antiquity and widely used during the Renaissance, which finely carves into the material. This process helps to disturb the image, to abstract the figurative. To make what has been lost or erased invisible, as if to better honor that which is absent.

Playing with the potential oxidation of the metal, its patina and its verdigris rust in the case of brass or copper, Willa Wasserman also works on the skin of the piece. Whether morning pink or full moon blue, time will give it other tones as if by magic. Her study of light, reflections, and movement unfolds in compositions where haziness and fluidity are key, and her distortions recall the intangible effects of fog in the forest or aquatic reflections in the moonlight. The works echo within the rooms of the villa, the landscape that surrounds it, giving the whole piece a special aura, a dive into this ethereal painting, like a secret that can be contemplated without ever really being deciphered.

Willa Wasserman, Moon, 2022 Oil on copper, 37.5 ⌀ cm – Courtesy of the artist & High Art, Paris