Performance art works “Défilé d’Art”
For her performance art works, “Défilé d’Art” (“Art Catwalk”) 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 an external 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…
The artist loves to detour and play with the codes of “vestimentation” and couture. Her works appropriates materials of fashion and clothing that she decomposes, reconstructs or transforms. She uses iconic items from well known brands such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Off-White as supports.
In an ironic twist Anaïs de Contades describes her work as “contemporary art that you can’t wear”.
She decomposes and transforms these articles of clothing to create “fusions”, as she calls her various types of assemblages… often using her signature red thread. Shoes, bags and other accessories become works of sculpture. The white classic pleated skirt is one of her preferred item. Sometimes she simply frames it with minimum modifications, reminiscent of a Duchamp readymade.
“Espace Pierre Cardin” - Materials: Vintage skirt in raw silk by Pierre Cardin, silk thread, pins.
“The Very Definition oF(art ” - Materials: Zadig & Voltaire - Art definition t-shirt, thigh high socks, cotton thread, wire hanger, wood wardrobe.
“Calbut Klein - Bleu Monochrome” - Materials: Calvin Klein 100% White Cotton boxer briefs, International Klein Blue pigment (sourced from Adam Montparnasse, creator of Klein Blue).
“Bambi Thursday at Château La(coste” - Materials: Pleated Lacoste tennis skirt, Stella McCartney Panties of the Week, wool thread, safety pins.
“The Mercurial Nature of (Soft) Geometries” — After Frank Stella’s “Six Mile Bottom” from his Aluminium Series with a little nod to Bridget Riley’s “Crest” painting — Materials: 100% Cotton Marinière.
“Stella’s Sunday Best” - Materials: Denim, thread and Stella McCartney Panties of the Week.
“The Hemline Index Theory” - Materials: Pleated Skirt by American Apparel, tape measure, scissors, safety pins.
“Ceci n’est pas un Saint-Laurent. Ceci n’est pas un Mondrian. Ceci est un(e)…”- Materials: 100% Cotton Fabric.
Painting meets performance meets sculpture meets installation. Following her performance art “Défilé d’Art” (“Art Catwalk”) where Anaïs de Contades wears her painted canvas... Instead of mounting the canvas on a stretcher and putting it on a wall... the artist mounts it on a couture mannequin (dress form) such that the painting becomes an installation-sculpture.