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Simone Pheulpin’s World of Folds

The textile sculptor is presenting a series of raw cotton pieces in Within the Folds, a new retrospective exhibition at the Expiatory Chapel in Paris

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Text by Rab Messina

There’s something obsessive in the breathtaking work of Simone Pheulpin: the clarity and yet, the unpredictability of the countless folds inside her patterns, make for some intriguing textile sculptures.

And now, as a result of winning the second edition of the Creator’s Award of the Ateliers d’Art de France Foundation, Pheulpin is presenting the best of 30 years of craft in Within the Folds, a new retrospective exhibition at the Expiatory Chapel in Paris.

Some of her organic sculptures, made of stacked and twisted raw cotton, resemble sea shells; others transport the spectator to the inside of a wet-and-sun-dried book, while others bring to mind odd vegetal shapes —that evolution should make the effort to bring into existence in the natural environment.

“We decided to cast the spotlight on an original, unique personal technique with an apparently endless array of possibilities commensurate with the artist’s creativity,” explained the Foundation about their choice to celebrate the French artist’s work. Judging by the intricate beauty of pieces like Anfractuosité V and Accumulation, even that seems like an understatement.

Within the Folds is open until December 16, 2017

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Pheulpin in an image courtesy of Maison Parisienne.
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Accumulation. Image courtesy of Maison Parisienne.
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Anfractuosité (detail). Image by Sophie Bassouls.
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Babel. Image by Sophie Bassouls.
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Babel (detail). Image by Sophie Bassouls.
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Croissance IV. Image courtesy of Maison Parisienne.
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Eclipse IX. Image by Julien Cresp.
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Eclosion. Image courtesy of Maison Parisienne.
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