Mathilde Denize (1986)

is a confronts and complicates traditional ideals about femininity, female bodies, and sexuality in sensorial figurative paintings, installations, performances, and films. The multidisciplinary artist graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in 2013 and has since risen to prominence in Paris and abroad, staging a participatory workshop at the Centre Pompidou in 2020 and a solo New York gallery exhibition in 2021. Inspired by groundbreaking feminist performance artists such as Carolee Schneemann, Denize integrates the body into experimental works exploring representation and transformation. She is also known for wearable art made of canvases, which are used as costumes for provocative performance works. A series of wall-mounted sculptural works, reconstructed from the artist’s archive of previous paintings and found objects, resemble armor-like garments. This technique of excavating, repurposing, and transforming is key to Denize’s practice, both as an aesthetic approach, with fragments and constituent parts left visible, and as a metaphor for contemporary experience.
Figure, 2023
Figures, 2023
Figures, 2023