with medieval futurism, MP BENOIT BASSET's latest work marks a
departure from the inward-looking and reflective quality of her
earlier paintings, marked by a symbolist emphasis on inner meaning.
For Secrets & Intrigues, the artist has created a negative
of her previous work, leading the viewer into a profane realm
of artifice and conspiracy.
Jewellery and ornaments grace
pale, soft skins. Fabric and embroidery drape sensual, carnal,
or deformed bodies. Opulence, luxury and eroticism permeate
these canvases, forming a supernatural procession of enigmatic
characters. The sumptuous garments carry a skewed echo of the
Renaissance while the bodies of the protagonists, at times provokingly
or enticingly bare, hover over muted backgrounds that negate
any historical or geographical reference. Enigmatic and poise,
they radiate ambiguous elegance. The crossed gazes, plots and
counter-plots and the accusing stares weave a dense web of conspiracy.
The sense of hushed, opaque mystery evokes the royal courts
of the past seen through the very modern eyes of the artist.
The baroque extravagance of Secrets & Intrigues is at once
flamboyant and strangely unsettling.
Charlotte Benoit - spokeswoman