Farida Le Suavé — O at NextLevel Galerie, Paris

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Perfectly Flawed

Ceramicist Farida Le Suavé is keeping it real with her beguilingly defective creations

Any clumsy pillock can drop a pot on the way back from the kiln, but it takes no small measure of artistic talent to break their creations on purpose in such a way as to enhance their appeal. Broken is one of the pieces in Farida Le Suavé’s new show which exhibits a mastery of the ceramic form through which she demonstrates the nothing is perfect, and that there’s nothing wrong with that.

As the French artist points out more straightforwardly in The World is Not Perfect, it is often the flaws in an object which hold the most interest. Her pottery shapes allude to the human form through their use of skin-coloured clay (and more directly in renditions of skulls) but retain an abstract quality through the shaping and forming processes and the numerous skilful firing techniques employed. Carefully shaped flower buds offer refined decoration to otherwise primal, volcanic shapes that seem to be stretching out from beneath the surface. Farida Le Suavé’s series, entitled O, is on show at NextLevel Galerie in Paris until 16 May.

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Farida Le Suavé — O at NextLevel Galerie, Paris

Installation view, Farida Le Suavé, “O”, 2015,
NextLevel Galerie, Image: F. Kleinefenn

Farida Le Suavé — O at NextLevel Galerie, Paris

Coral, 2014
Ceramic, chain, nail
80 x 63 x 96 cm

Farida Le Suavé — O at NextLevel Galerie, Paris

Sponge, 2014
Ceramic, rhinestone
H. 61 x W. 73 x 86 cm

Farida Le Suavé — O at NextLevel Galerie, Paris

Installation view, Farida Le Suavé, “O”, 2015,
NextLevel Galerie, Image: F. Kleinefenn

Farida Le Suavé — O at NextLevel Galerie, Paris

Broken, 2014
Porcelain bisque, cork, ceramic
H. 25 x W. 35 x 35 cm
H. 43 x W. 45 x 50 cm

Farida Le Suavé — O at NextLevel Galerie, Paris

Ladivine, from the novel by N’Diaye, 2014
Ceramic, sponge, nail
120 x 85 x 82 cm

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