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Daniel Giraud (1971)

That the human body represents the primary motif of sculptural work is a commonplace platitude which has held true since the beginning of the art. It also applies to many of the works of Daniel Giraud. However, this artist not only wants to illustrate. His sculptures, as he himself puts it, are marked by the ideas of the French philosopher Michel Foucault. And so Girud shows the human body and the human visage as complex (de-)construction, as subject and object simultaneously, formed and deformed, always searching for clear identity. His work “Ruin” cites invokes the father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin, who said, “More beautiful than a beautiful thing is the ruin of a beautiful thing” – an object, therefore, clearly inscribed with the inevitable ravages of time.


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