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Bénédicte Parmentier

Born in 1977 in Picardy, Bénédicte Parmentier was raised near an area of France that was haunted by the history of the First World War. The loneliness of the soldiers who fought in the trenches of Verdun, near Parmentier's home, formed the foundation for her artistic inspiration. Most specifically, she was intrigued by the carvings made by soldiers who used art as a means to preserve their memory in case they lost their lives in battle. Her inspiration is also drawn from the art of Otto Dix, Anselm Kiefer, and Berlinde de Bruyckere.

Parmentier studied ephemeral architecture in Paris. Later, she studied set design and received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Quebec in Montreal, where she currently lives and works. For several years she worked as a designer of stage sets and giant puppets. Her work in model making led to the development of a series figures inspired by early twentieth century porcelain dolls.

These figures represent the culmination of Parmentier's experience in theatre set design with her interest in the psychology of soldiers of the First World War. A self-taught sculptor, Parmentier's theatrical figures represent concepts of loneliness, isolation, and exile as a mechanism of no-return. These concepts are built upon a foundation of the history of humanity and their solitude.

Parmentier's figures are comprised of both raw and delicate materials. The roughness of the clay, plaster, cotton, and metal is contrasted with the sleekness of the gold-leaf, patina of porcelain, and brass. Parmentier also incorporates antique objects into her compositions. These objects have a past history and functional purpose, but are given new life and function in her sculptures.

Lost Mannequin 18 - Bad Boy
Mixed media
67" x 32" x 12"
Mon exil, refuge de mon âme
Mixed media
74" x 30.5" x 17.5"
(including the podium)
Nu devant vous...
Mixed media
30" x 11"
La terre m'accueille... que le sommeil m'apaise
Mixed media
29" x 8" x 10"
And then the sun rose...
Mixed media
30" x 11" (under a glass globe)
Jeanne la Hipster
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
Le Nirvana de Jeanne
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
Jeanne s'en va au bucher
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
Chapitre IV : ET ELLE DONNA LA VIE...
Mixed media
67'' x 15'' x 10''
Chapitre I : L'ENFANT DE LA GRÂCE
Mixed media (plaster/textile)
71'' x 12'' x 11''
Chapitre II : MOTHER NATURE
Mixed media
75'' x 14'' x 10''
Chapitre III : JEANNE LA PAPESSE
Mixed media
74'' x 14'' x 10''
Chapitre V : THE WOMAN WHO SAID NO
Mixed media
69'' x 16'' x 11''
Chapitre VI : THE DAY SHE SAID NO
Mixed media (and hemp)
69'' x 16'' x 11''
Fatal Addiction
Mixed media
32” x 7” x 10”
Break time II
Mixed media
30" X 11" diameter
Mannequin 7
Mixed media
61" X 12" X 20"+ 12" base
Reset
Mixed media
11" x 30"
   
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Jeanne nouvelle ère
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
Sold
Jeanne le refuge
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
Sold
Et un jour, la Divine...
Mixed media
24" x 12" x 12"
Sold
Lost Child
Mixed media
76" x 14" x 12"

Sold
Souffle 2
Mixed media
30" X 12" diametre
Sold
La Déclaration
Mixed media
80" x 13" x 18.5"
Sold
Chapitre 4 : L'Exil, le temps suspendu à tes lèvres
Polymer clay, metal, cotton, plaster and a patina
10" x 16" x 63"
Sold
Chapitre 5 : L' Exil, One more dream
Polymer clay, metal, cotton, plaster and a patina
12" x 31" x 41"
Sold
Chapitre 1 : L'Exil, Once upon the time
Polymer clay, metal, cotton, plaster and a patina
12" x 12" x 72"
Sold
22nd Century, the legendary animals : The Raccoon
Polyuréthane, polymer clay and cotton
32.5'' x 19'' x 14''
Sold
Love Instinct
Mixed media
70" x 19" x 20"
Sold
Chapitre 2 : L'Exil, Mechanism of internal reconstruction
Polymer clay, metal, cotton, plaster and a patina
12" x 12" x 72"
Sold
En suspens
Mixed media with metal stilts
15" height + 5' stilts
Sold
Mémoire Vive
Mixed media
32" x 7" x 7"
(+ podium 48" x 12" x 12")
Sold
22nd Century, the legendary animals : The Fawn
Polyuréthane, polymer clay and cotton
32.5'' x 20'' x 19.05''
Sold
Lost Manequin
Mixed media with metal base
84” X 9.5” X 9.5”
Sold
Mots d'âmes
Mixed media with metal base
25" height + 48" base
Sold
L'or se révèle au caillou qui l'effleure
Mixed media
65" x 11" x 17"
Sold
Lost Mannequin IV
Mixed media with steel base
84” X 9.5” X 9.5”
Sold
En moi
Mixed media
54" x 12" x 12"
Sold
Union sacrée envoi
Mixed media
72" X 14" X 14"
Sold
Chapitre 3 : L'Exil, affranchissement solitaire
Polymer clay, metal, cotton, plaster and a patina
15.5" x 13.5" x 72"
Sold
Parure de Vie
Mixed media
24" x 12" x 12"
Sold
Miroir de nos âmes
Mixed media
76" x 19" x 26"
Sold

 

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