"art is the new 'mode (((de vie)))'"
For her performances, the artist wears her painted canvases to illustrate her revolutionary vision that “art is the new ‘mode ((( de vie )))’”. This work detours and plays with the codes of clothing with which we cover our bodies. The history of dressing follows the evolution of civilisation: first as a protection from the elements, then as a shield for our pyschosexual complexes. Later with fashion, it became a superficial representation of who we are in terms of our socio-economic status. In order to further evolve, Anaïs de Contades seeks to go beyond materiality through the spirituality of art.
Contemporary art that you can't wear
Following her performance art works in which she wears her painted canvases, Anaïs de Contades creates works of "contemporary art that you can’t wear"(C).
Deconstructing clothing and reconstructing them as canvases
The artist loves to detour and play with the codes of “vestimentation” and couture. For her supports she uses materials of couture such as silk, threads and dress forms as well as clothing such as shirts, skirts, kimonos and even panties…
She then decomposes these garments (primarily white) then resows them into a variety of shapes with her signature red thread. Shoes and bags are restructured to become works of sculpture. She decomposes the clothing (primarily white) including shirts, skirts, kimonos and lingerie. She often uses iconic items from well known brands such as Stella McCartney, Off-White, Chanel…. The artist then resows the pieces (including the labels) into a variety of shapes with her signature red thread. Shoes and bags are restructured to become works of sculpture.
"Purerotic: un)(dressed" by Anaïs de Contades --- "Unbutton your brain as much as your zipper..." - The Surrealists