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The cusp of perfection and imperfection in the theme of the work of artist Nicolette Bénard. This is a theme one finds in her jewelry as well as in her latest project ‘Project B,’ a series of wall objects in plexiglass.
"Barbie doll. Beloved and detested by women of all ages. All that for sixty years already. Barbie, a doll with an idealistic view of a female shape, who with a change of clothes, in an instant, can become what it’s owner wants her to be: flight attendant, amazone, model. For me, Barbie represents an illusion, a false reality: no woman can comply. Or maybe wants to comply. A Barbie does, however, form the ideal object to re-shape and re-imagine. With a wink and a healthy dose of humor, I work on my Barbies and transforms them to.... yes, to what exactly?"
Nicolette Bénard is a visual artist and designer (b.1967) from The Netherlands, well-known in her country and the recipient of several design prizes. Nicolette graduated from the Dutch Technical Professional School for Silver, Goldsmiths and Design based in Schoonhoven (NL). Her work is now represented by Adorable Art + Design (NL) and Galerie de Ploegh (NL).
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist