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Chrystèle Lerisse
  • Artist (1960)

Chrystèle Lerisse (born in 1960) started to use photography in relation to reportage and for the world of spectacle. Her creative work and having a studio-shop at Sainte-Maure de Touraine pointed her to the path of the professional art photographer. The five black and white prints acquired by the FRAC Centre deal in a special way with the motif of the rock, a period marked by the artist’s physical encounter with stone and her beginnings in a new photographic approach. Well removed from documentary studies of the mineral world, these frontal images of limestone are stripped of their context and caught outside any notion of scale, without any skyline. They reveal an ambiguous manner of perceiving these surfaces: stone or skin? This sensual and ambivalent feature recurs in works on the human skin in which Chrystèle Lerisse explores the mysteries of flesh. In the framing of folds, unevennesses and roughness, be it mineralogical or physical details, or fibres and muscles of quarters of beef, there is always one and the same logic seeking to bring to the fore what is never given immediately, another side to appearances. The photographer then proceeded from observing surfaces of meat to observing water in rivers, and then examining the pigmentation of fog on the landscape. Stretched like sails, Chrystèle Lerisse’s photographs paradoxically display a very keen visual acuteness with regard to reality. The oeuvre of Chrystèle Lerisse, who won the Prix de la Fondation Angénieux in 1990, is regularly shown in France, Europe, the United States and Asia.

Nadine Labedade