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_Louise Mervelet

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The Side Quest

“And as long as there are witches – I continued to myself – there will be passions, potions, struggles and love stories.” (Youri Johnson, Mycelium, 2021)

For UNBOXING #2, Louise Mervelet presents a series of fetish objects that are housed in the artist’s living space, generating a surreal cabinet of curiosities. Each image-photograph is a field scattered with clues, in which the work plays its role alongside everyday life. Lamps, fabric, foliage, chemicals, concrete, and drawers are the scenographic elements that transform the tangible into an alchemical space.


The object is an icon for its universal readability following the stratification of narratives and representations that have fixed its meaning.

 

Louise Mervelet appropriates, discharges and materialises these archetypes. Coffins, roses, masks or medallions take shape as artworks, through the use of a variety of materials and disparate media: acrylic, plaster, silicone, chocolate or resin. Between fabula and video games, the artist connects the imaginary, the virtual and the ordinary by opening up new interpretations off the beaten track.


This magma of stereotypes, plastics and colours also contains an ironic, erotic and subversive force. The same force that drives us to question the meaning of the image-symbol, to desecrate it, to change the function and role of the character or the sequence of events that the narration imposes. The object-talisman, embedded in the real, serves as a passage towards another dimension. It is the password, the key, the inert deconstruction tool to access the next level.

 

Thus, for the card-work Scopa Sorceres - as Louise Mervelet says – “The witch imprisoned in her resin is an invented figure, a scopa knight-ress, in reference to the Italian card game which does not have female figures.” The witch appears to us transparently, redoubled, in an overlap of lines and identities: woman, knight, seer. Aquarius, a jar/bowl, placed like a crystal ball on a glittering carpet, contains a treasure, a potion, a repressed desire. Looking For Trouble is the coffin waiting to be desecrated.


These objects are perhaps the amulets of a story that unfolds around us and of which we are unconsciously part. Touching them, appropriating them, to - in thought - plunge into their resin, scrape off their siliconised frost, ride with the witch or wear the Medallions like an ornament.

 

In parallel, Louise Mervelet’s action-piece is also broadcast audibly in UNBOXING#2, during an animated streaming session on the independent radio station TIKKA. The soundtrack translates - in a purely immaterial form - the alchemy of the elements, decadence and diversity, of its pre/opposition.


On the site, the chapter UNBOXING #2 _Louise Mervelet evokes a secondary quest, from myth to virtual adventure. A parallel path that makes it possible to prolong the life of the player through the appropriation of certain objects, to enter into another story, to connect with another world, to introduce characters, to rediscover a place that we believe is known.


Since research is always multiple, so are its objectives and destinations.

 

(AD + OdN, trad. JP)

photo credits : Alexandre Gradt

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Louise Mervelet

Sans titre3, 2021

resin, broken glass, found objects

56 x 36 cm

unique

750. EUR incl. tax

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Louise Mervelet

Vénunuse, 2021

mixed media

50 x 60 x 44 cm

unique

2,000. EUR incl. tax

Louise Mervelet

American beauties, 2019

glue, chewing gum,  acrylic spray

80 pieces approx., variable dimensions

unique

80. EUR incl. tax each

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Louise Mervelet

Médaillons, 2021

resin, found objects

9 x 2 cm each

unique

300. EUR incl. tax each

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Louise Mervelet

Médaillon, 2021

resin, found objects

9 x 2 cm

unique

300. EUR incl. tax

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Louise Mervelet

Scopa Sorcerer, 2021

drawing on paper, resin

21,5 x 30 x 1 cm

unique

750. EUR incl. tax

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Louise Mervelet

Médaillon, 2021

resin, found objects

9 x 2 cm

unique

300. EUR incl. tax

Louise Mervelet

Looking For Trouble, 2021

glue, chewing gum,  acrylic spray

plexiglass, resin, ceramic, wax,  holographic paper

60 x 20 x 20 cm approx.

unique

1,000. EUR incl. tax

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Louise Mervelet draws inspiration from the stories and hero(ine)s that crisscross our society from its origins and in the light of a screen (cinema, video games, digital platforms). A round trip of entities, from the fictional to the real. The artist translates her sources and research into a practice that connects the icon to the ordinary, the character to the human, whilst revealing more intimate instincts, habits and rituals.

 

Louise Mervelet’s work appropriates protean media, passing from video-performance to the sculptural object, to the installation, before retracing the way - if necessary - backwards, from the whole to its fragment. She absorbs codes and stereotypes to expose them - or explode them - with a pop, psychedelic aesthetic, both mineral and liquid; between body, image and matter. A mobile material in the process of destruction, recovery and creation. Every element can be revived in a new momentum: glue, recovered objects, resin, plastic, foam.

 

In the video, the artist’s body performs and reinterprets the icon, whereas the sculpture, set and camouflaged in the exhibition space, evolves into an installation, like a living organism. Role-playing, radio broadcasts, scenography, objects: this body of work is also the expression of a secret struggle*, a social and theoretical commitment that aims - through irony, the spectacular, the fluid - to shake up the symbol and its hierarchical impact. It is a question here of the work as an agent of a primary, subversive, feminist, queer and genderfluid action, expressed by the incessant flow of organic and inorganic substances, images and staging.

 

Louise Mervelet also gathers traces of experiences, places and personal relationships that then mingle with fiction. Forgotten in a corner, sleeping under the mass of other debris, these torn and recomposed pieces will – perhaps - one day fix their history by mutating into a sculptural object or a stage set.


In the meantime, the artist never stops accumulating roles, theories and struggles. Ready to reappear in the work when the artist’s timing wants it, when the narration requires it. (AD + OdN, trad. JP)

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Louise Mervelet

Médaillons, 2021

resin, found objects

9 x 2 cm each

unique

300. EUR incl. tax each

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Louise Mervelet

Aquarius, 2021

plaster, silicone for wooden floor, resin, colorants, various objects

19 x 13 x 13 cm

unique

1,000. EUR incl. tax

Louise Mervelet

Nirvanu, 2021

resin, dyes, bread, silicone, acrylic paint

22 x 3 cm

unique

600. EUR incl. tax

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Louise Mervelet

Masque1_1, 2020

clay, acrylic paint, resin

20 x 2 cm

unique

600. EUR incl. tax each

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Louise Mervelet

Sans titre1, 2021

resin, broken glass, dyes

33 x 20 cm

unique

400. EUR incl. tax

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Louise Mervelet

Sans titre2, 2021

resin, broken glass, found objects

36 x 30 cm

unique

400. EUR incl. tax

Louise Mervelet was born in 1994 in Paris. She lives and works between Paris, Lyon and Marseille.

In 2018, she obtained her DNSEP with congratulations, from the National School of Villa Arson in Nice; in 2019, she participated in the 64th Salon de Montrouge (both in duo with Quentin Blomet). In 2021, her work has been shown many times including: IRL é RL at the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon; XOXO 5ème partition at the Axolotl Gallery, Toulon; Fleur Bleue, at the Atelier W, Pantin; and at Art-o-rama, the exhibition of the Art-o-rama laureates, at La Friche Belle de mai, Marseille.


Louise Mervelet is currently in residence at the Fiminco Foundation (Jeune Creation - Romainville). She is the co-founder of IVECO NU, a collective workshop in Noisy-le-sec, as well the as host of the independent web radio station TIKKA. (AD + OdN, trad. JP)

Lear more about Works by Louise Mervelet:

On November, 17 Louise Mervelet a.k.a Cuddle Girl invited Parthesis on TIKKA Radio. This web radio brodcast was part of UNBOXING#2 :

Program 2021:


11.11, 5 p.m. : Opening of UNBOXING#2 on www.galeriewolff.com
13.11, 12 a.m. : 24h Instagram Story by Louise Mervelet
17.11: Webradio broadcast on Facebook, a new podcast by Louise Mervelet a.k.a Cuddle Girl on TIKKA Radio
28.11, 5 p.m. : Zoom conversation

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