Geneviève Cadieux

Le Corps du ciel, 1992

Geneviève Cadieux
Le Corps du ciel
Dimensions and medium
2 chromogenic prints mounted on plexiglass, 1/2, 179 × 571.9 cm (overall)
Artwork description
Geneviève Cadieux’s Le Corps du ciel is a photographic diptych that juxtaposes two colour images: one shows a sombre, cloudy sky, and the other is a close-up of bruised skin. This powerful work shows the tangible relationship between the texture of the clouds and the purple-hued skin, and reflects Cadieux’s fixation with the theme of bodily injury. The resorption of the contusion into the skin poetically echoes the dissipation of the clouds. Here, the artist explores the limits of photographic representation by producing an almost abstract composition. Tension arises from the play of contrasts, from monumental scale and from the precisely executed detail of bruised epidermis.

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