Bénédicte Blanc-Fontenille is a French artist, a 1985 graduate of L'Ecole des
Beaux Arts, living and working in Miami since 2001. Throughout her career, she
has been inspired by one simple yet profound observation: That life is
extremely fragile, and yet, it is our knowledge of this fact that causes us to constantly
move through cycles of building up and tearing down, rising and falling, rejoicing and
grieving ... then doing it all over again.
As she says:
« Ironically, fragility appears to me to be energy, like an engine that propels us
forward and generate movement. And life is nothing but movement. »
To Bénédicte, this constant movement represents a succession of moments,
which she strives to capture in photography, with installations of her paintings called Floating Horizontals, that can float on the surface of the water or fly underwater.
She also creates sculpture and mixed media using the "stuff of life," such as water, coffee, rust, wax, ink, paper and plaster, representing construction and destruction, strength and frailty, energy and fatigue, cherished ritual and the gradual deterioration of cultural traditions and icons, all through the passage of time. She invites her viewers to stop, look and contemplate not only the fragility of life, but the implication of movement in life.
«Time has only one reality, that one of the moment» Gaston Bachelard.»