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Bénédicte Parmentier

Bénédicte Parmentier was born in 1977 in Picardy, France, land of battlefields and multiple invasions. Over the years, Picardy has guided and nourished the artist’s approach to her work. The artist carries out a memory of her birthplace by giving a voice to lost souls, families torn apart, exiled individuals and sacrificed lands.

Parmentier began studying ephemeral architecture in Paris and later studied set design, which had a major impact on her enduring artistic practice. She received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Québec in Montreal, the place where she currently lives and works. She uses the creativity and skill she gained from her studies to work professionally designing stage sets and life-sized puppets. 

Her work in model-making eventually led to the development of a series of figures inspired by early twentieth-century porcelain dolls. A self-taught sculptor, Parmentier’s theatrical figures represent concepts of loneliness, isolation, and exile as a mechanism of no return.  These concepts are derived from a foundation of the history of humanity and solitude.

Bénédicte 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. At times, the artist also incorporates antique objects into her compositions; these objects at one time served a practical function, but are given new life in her sculptures.

The detail and precision with which she creates her figures adds to their intrigue. Her history in theatre is expressed in her work, whether through the costumes, elaborate headdresses or masks, one gets a sense of the surreal and dramatic. Parmentier encourages the viewer to enter another dimension by inviting them to connect to the emotions and narratives of her characters. Whether she is depicting an androgynous human figure or a surrealist animal-hybrid, her pieces take on a life of their own and look outside the box of typical sculpture.

Chaleur éphémere
Mixed media
20" x 16" x 7.5"
Amour 2.0
Bénédicte Parmentier & Yoakim Bélanger
Mixed media
Sculpture: 65" x 6" x 6"
Painting: 24" x 24"
Dont be shy I
Mixed media
70" x 11.5" x 16"
Dont be shy II
Mixed media
70" x 11.5" x 16"
Éternelles digitales
Mixed media
27" x 8" x 8.5"
Oui, Non, Peut-être...
Mixed media
33" x 16" x 35"
Happy like a bunny II
Mixed media
30" x 8" x 8"
Instinct Primaire
Mixed media
41" x 40" x 60"
Chapitre III : JEANNE LA PAPESSE
Mixed media
74'' x 14'' x 10''
Fatal Addiction
Mixed media
32” x 7” x 10”
Jeanne la Hipster
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
Mon exil, refuge de mon âme
Mixed media
74" x 30.5" x 17.5"
(including the podium)
Reset
Mixed media
11" x 30"
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''
 
SOLD
Do not beg for what does not want to stay
Mixed media, morpho butterflies
20" x 16" x 7.5"
Sold
Summer expectations
Plaster and mixed media
26" x 5" x 5"
Sold
Attitude!
Plaster and mixed media
26" x 5" x 5"
Sold
Chapitre IV : ET ELLE DONNA LA VIE...
Mixed media
67'' x 15'' x 10''
Sold
Jeanne s'en va au bucher
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
Sold
Jeanne nouvelle ère
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
Sold
Le Nirvana de Jeanne
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”

Sold
Jeanne le refuge
Plaster and mixed media
25” X 5” X 5”
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"
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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"
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Lost Mannequin IV
Mixed media with steel base
84” X 9.5” X 9.5”
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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"
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Et un jour, la Divine...
Mixed media
24" x 12" x 12"
Sold
Lost Child
Mixed media
76" x 14" x 12"

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Lost Mannequin 18 - Bad Boy
Mixed media
67" x 32" x 12"
Sold
Chapitre II : MOTHER NATURE
Mixed media
75'' x 14'' x 10''
Sold
Break time II
Mixed media
30" X 11" diameter
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
La Déclaration
Mixed media
80" x 13" x 18.5"
Sold
Souffle 2
Mixed media
30" X 12" diametre
Sold
Jeanne la douce
Plaster and mixed media
26" x 5" x 5"
Sold
La chasse
Mixed media
21" x 36" x 7"
Sold
Chapitre I : L'ENFANT DE LA GRÂCE
Mixed media (plaster/textile)
71'' x 12'' x 11''
Sold

 

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