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she/her | b. 1975, France | based in London

Ingrid Berthon-Moine's artistic practice, spanning sculpture, drawing, and video, explores the physical and cultural dimensions of the human body. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources such as language, psychoanalysis, and feminism, Berthon-Moine weaves personal narratives into her work, challenging conventional understandings of human experiences like sexuality, illness, and death. In the midst of the contemporary discourse on gender, Berthon-Moine critically examines the structure of the French language, her mother tongue, highlighting its inherent misogynistic bias. In her piece 'Mauvaise Langue,' she presents a tongue-shaped sculpture adorned with metal spikes. The deliberate use of lighting adds a humorous dimension, playfully revealing aspects of the male anatomy.

Rooted in the experience of inhabiting a female body, Berthon-Moine disrupts idealized femininity, proposing a new language for female subjectivity. Combining the strange and the familiar, her sculptures defy conventional gender binaries with anthropomorphic forms, immersing viewers in a realm of ambiguity and disquieting sexuality, as seen in 'Triple A (Access All Areas),' a sculpture presenting openings and tumescent forms suggestive of erogenous male and female body parts. Through material choices that juxtapose soft and aggressive elements, she challenges binary notions of beauty and repulsion, destabilizing our singular selves. 'Sausage Making' presents a deep red yonic soft sculpture spiked with metal fangs chopping a golden phallus into sausages, transforming the fear of castration into a recipe for something productive, nourishing, and humorous.

Flowers have been a recurring symbol in her drawings alluding to joy and erogenous areas while in recent work, they take a more poignant turn as symbols of illness and fragility. The once sensual and vibrant tendrils of her drawings are now depicted in a muted colour palette and static form resembling lifeless nerve endings. This transition becomes a poignant metaphor for life's transience, particularly during times of bereavement. Her floral sculptures further extend this idea, using plants and flowers as symbols to contemplate on life, death, and metaphysical musings.

Her visceral drawings and sculptures capture the rhythm of life in constant flux, exploring the evolving nature of human identity. By breaking down barriers between self and others, male and female, Berthon-Moine invites us to embrace ambiguity and the blurring of boundaries. In a moment where the modern Western vision of the human being is being challenged, Berthon Moine’s works explore the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses. Her hybrid, manifold subjects signal new subjectivities, hierarchies and anatomies.

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