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ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a visual artist who has always been fascinated by the way we perceive and remember the landscape through our senses. I translate this interest into sculptures made of paper, but also of silk, brass and other materials. I select them for their ability to transcribe the beauty of the elements with their shapes and colours of course, but also for their tactile qualities, and sometimes even how they sound when you touch them.

 Enlightened by my own experiences of Nature, by the non-dualistic oriental philosophies (Shivaism, Taoism), the phenomenological philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, and the environmental writings of David Abram, I perceive our inner plenitude as a communion with Nature and the elements. This feeling could be reached when we open ourselves to our sensations, and let our perceptions wrap us.

 During the process, I borrow various crafts’ techniques, such as embroidery, silk dyeing, paper decoupage and metal forming. By assimilating these gestures in my artistic practice, I get closer to a form of humbleness and sincerity, where patience and mastery of the mind help me to get closer to my subject and to recreate, in a subjective way, the sensations I experienced in a brief moment of fullness.

My work can be considered as part of the Slow Art movement, and offers a reflection about Time; a very fleeting one, perceived while being in communion with Nature, and another one, longer and precise, during the creation of the artwork.

  

BIOGRAPHY

 Born in 1980 in Geneva, Switzerland, Juliette Sallin studied textile design at the Univerisity of Florence, new media at the HEAD Geneva and Kingston University (GB). Two-time recipient of the swiss Ikea Foundation (2009 and 2013), Juliette has exhibited her work In Switzerland, Great Britain, which is held in private collections in Europe and north America.