This first monograph on the work of Emilie Benoist collects the drawings, sculptures and installations created between 2002 and 2012 and presents them in four sections: Ces milieux /CM [These Environments], Neverland /N, Cellula Phantastica /CP and Matière grise /Mg [Grey Matter].
This classification reveals how science is at the core of Emilie Benoist’s work. Sagittal cross-sections, IRM imagery, theories of life, geology, geophysics and archaeology inspire forms that explore the relationships between art and science, truth and falsehood, the real and the imaginary.
“Everything I do involves re-fabricating a totally false process.”
Emilie Benoist enjoys blurring data and memories, making, for example, flint artefacts from the pages of the newspaper Le Monde: prehistoric objects taken, in a sense, from the hyper-fragile and hyper-rapid timeframe of daily news.
This is a body of work that asks profound questions about the future of the living world, man’s place in the universe and the derision of artifice.