Karine Benvenuti

 9 May – 2 July 2015

Karine benvenuti - Exposition de céramique - grès contemporain

Karine Benvenuti. Sans titre. Grès.2014, h. 51 x 42 x 41 cm. Photo Michel Claret

For her second solo exhibition at the Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, Karine Benvenuti has decided to show a selection of ceramic sculptures that reflect a steadily controlled gesture giving rise to new forms where the clay, folded over itself, makes us wonder what such delicately-glazed volumes of earth could contain.

Born in 1959 in Marseille, Karine Benvenuti lives and works in the South of France. For over a decade, her work has emerged significantly within the field of sculptural ceramic art. In 2012, she was among the artists selected for the Vallauris 22nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art & Ceramics and won the Ateliers d’Art de France Prize. In 2014 she was awarded at exhibitions in Hungary and in Shanghai.

Karine Benvenuti - Sculpture céramique- Galerie de l'Ancienne Poste

Karine Benvenuti. Sans titre 2015 H. 11 x 12 x 10 cm. 13.5 x 11 x 10.5 cm. 18 x 12 x 11 cm

“I look at today’s pieces and I see a kind of freedom … her gestures have no limits.   Today, as proof of her characteristic meticulousness, the red-purple grey color she uses enables that effect that mass previously empowered her work with.

In the variety of clays and their thicknesses we can perceive how she has developed the physical dialogue she has with the earth.

And in the turns, the stretches and unsettled widening spreads – lips, eyelids folded in on themselves, inclined, closing – we discern the persistent curiosity, the intense desire of an explorer”. 

Raphael Monticelli,
Writer and art critic,
Extract from exhibition catalogue, published by the Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste.
Translation, Anne Charvolen

A selection of Karine Benvenuti’s work