To see not only with the eyes, but also with the body. This is how Caroline Mauxion approaches the image within a broader practice of photography. Inspired by feminist phenomenology, she seeks to create an embodied relationship with the photographic image. The experience of her own lived body as well as literary works hold an active role in the creation of her pieces.
Her interest in the image, in its materiality as well as a sensible object, has always been present in her work. Glass, plaster or soluble paper help in shaping and dismantling the body of her photographs which she then cuts out, soaks, assembles and places. As well, the artist explores the sculptural potential of a photographic image through an artisanal technique consisting of transfer on plaster. She seeks to physically experience a photographic image, to feel its skin and to approach it not only by way of its iconic surface. The sensitive and physical experience of her images unfolds and comes to life through a casting, an installation but also a video practice.
The physical condition of her own body, altered by several surgeries, implicitly emerges in her recent projects. The notion of the lived body interests Caroline Mauxion in that it informs as well as forms our relationship to oneself, to others and to the world. Though her work has long been nourished by Virginia Woolf’s writings, other reads such as The Metamorphoses by Ovide, The lesbian body by Monique Wittig and Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector now also inhabit her projects. These literary choices are mainly guided by the experiences they trigger in her imagination as well in her body as she is reading them.