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Studio visit: Fr�d�rique Lucien

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Fr�d�rique Lucien’s Paris studio

Contributed by Sharon Butler /�Fr�d�rique Lucien�and I met�during the Bushwick iteration of “Deux C�t�s / Two Sides,” a�collaborative�exhibition organized by Stephanie Theodore and�Emilie Ovaere-Corthay, the director of legendary�Galerie Jean Fournier.�When I was in Paris for the opening, I got a chance to stop�by Lucien’s�studio in the 11th arrondissement,�not far from the�Bataclan Theater that was tragically bombed�last year.�She�was�working on two distinct bodies of work: large-scale layered collages based on plant forms and life-sized casts of body parts.

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Fr�d�rique Lucien. This recently completed collage comprises carefully cut colored paper, graphite, and colored pencil.

Elegant and refined, Lucien’s motifs�include the�organic and the mineral as well as the human body. Close observation and drawing are key to her work. Regardless of what medium she is using, she focuses on line and incision, fragmentation and detail, scale relationships, and notions of fullness and emptiness.�In 2010, she began making delicate porcelain pieces�at the fabled ceramics factory in�S�vres, founded in 1756 and designated the�Royal Porcelain Manufactory during Louis XV’s reign.

Actively involved�in the Paris art�community, Lucien�also founded La Couleuvre, an artist’s space in a small building north of the city where she and her partners invite curators and artists to develop and present projects. During my visit, they had invited�Nopoto, another artist-run organization,�to curate a small-works holiday show�fundraiser.�On one of�the nights I was there, a Brazilian chef-photographer made a big family-style dinner for the artists and their friends.

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Lucien makes meticulous�cut paper studies before she begins the large collages.
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Studio view.
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Studio view.
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Detail of the large collage pictured above.
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Lucien’s collages start with the collection and precise�observation of small plant forms found on the street.
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Fr�d�rique Lucien. Water color study for plant collage.
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Lucien’s body-part sculptures. Work in process.
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More porcelain body-part sculptures. Work in process.
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Molds for the porcelain sculptures.
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Breasts, knees, ass, and other parts of Lucien’s own body.
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La Couleuvre, the space Lucien founded and runs with other artists.

Heartfelt thanks to�Fr�d�rique Lucien for sharing her�world with me. Despite my atrocious high school French, the artists I met during five days in�Paris were warm and welcoming. From�the huge salon-style La Couleuvre exhibition,�I got�a wonderful�sense of the�work artists are making in their studios. Let’s�keep the exchange going in the new year.

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