Text reviewed in Intense Proximity, the anthology

By Emilie Renard

Emmanuelle Lainé is interested first and foremost in the ways in which manufactured objects are made_their composition, their weight, their strength, etc. Her method consist of breaking them down_opening their guts and observing their interior structures_to reconstruct them later manually in approximate, stripped-down,jury-rigged replicas amplifying certain details. Upon emerging from their slow metamorphosis, these sculptural objects retain something from their origin (a texture, a color, a style, etc.) but, having lost all functionality, find them themselves in a kind of animalistic, half-living hybrid that is strangely familiar.

Recently, she reversed this assembly logic, this time to expose a process of manufacturing sculpture with a series of photographs. the action takes place at a moment when not a single sculpture has yet been created, when the artists seems to have left the studio in the middle of working. To document this state of incompletion, she calls upon André Morin_a photographer know for photographing works of art. Sharing with him the control of vantage points, then they determine where the work will happen in the studio_where she will begin it and where she will finish it. He alters his point of view for the assemblage and its details_moving from the room's center,to an angle, to a close up on a material,etc. Bringing to life the as-yet-undetermined quality of the "subject" of the photography_as with it's state and its placement_the series of photographs, on a scale of spatial photography, illustrates the constituent internal parts close-up, the viscous textures, tangles of a sculpture in its pupa, delivering clues to its manufacture and its creation. A staging space that is a semiotic tornado of colored materials governed by underground discursive relations, these images also plunged into the unconscious that brings a studio work to life. They define themselves_ as so many hypotheses on the internal nature of things do_by their formation and their creation, following in the footsteps of their experimental and scientific forbearers.

Emilie Renard