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April 3, 2023 7:25 am

Marques Hardin

Art has the power to tell a story. It can connect the viewer to something larger than themselves and evoke emotions that inspire action. Laura Bonnefous is a master storyteller who uses her art to explore the relationship between humans and the environments they inhabit. Her series, FAILLES and KILAMBA, are perfect examples of how an artist can tell a story through their work.

The exploration of landscape and architecture is a common theme in both series. In FAILLES, Bonnefous captures the emotions that arise from the volcanic regions of Kyushu, Japan. She delves deep into the landscapes, capturing their fragility and resilience. Her portraits showcase the connection between humans and the environment, highlighting the strength and fragility of the linkages.

The collaboration with Issey Miyake in FAILLES is a testament to the power of combining different mediums. The analogies between landscapes, people, and matter create a powerful series that combines sculpture and painting. The result is a beautiful display of art that showcases the complexity of our relationship with the environment.

Similarly, in KILAMBA, Bonnefous explores the fictional city of Kilamba in Angola. The city’s unique architecture and urban design create a fictional space in the middle of the Angolan landscape. Bonnefous conducts an intuitive archeology of the territory through studies of colors, lights, and shapes. She also sets out to meet the people living in Kilamba to capture their portraits, showcasing the relationship between environment and humans.

Bonnefous’ use of color is a crucial element in both series. In FAILLES, she uses a subdued color palette to reflect the somber and contemplative nature of the landscapes. The muted colors convey the depth and complexity of the environment, evoking emotions of awe and wonder. In KILAMBA, Bonnefous uses a pastel color palette to capture the architectural beauty of the city. The soft hues of pink, blue, and green create an almost dreamlike atmosphere, evoking a sense of wonder and curiosity in the viewer.

Through her use of color and medium, Bonnefous creates a powerful sensory experience for the viewer. Her work showcases the depth and complexity of the relationship between humans and the environment. The fragility and resilience of these links are evident in every portrait and landscape captured.

Bonnefous’ work is a testament to the power of storytelling through art. Her exploration of landscape and architecture, combined with her use of color, evokes emotions and tells a story that connects the viewer to something larger than themselves. She creates a dialogue between human and environmental forces, forcing the viewer to question their own place in the world.

Art has the power to create change. Through storytelling, an artist can inspire action and evoke emotions that drive us to make a difference. Bonnefous’ work does just that. Her exploration of landscape and architecture showcases the complexity of our relationship with the environment, highlighting the fragility and resilience of these links.

Laura Bonnefous’ work is a masterclass in storytelling through art. Her series, FAILLES and KILAMBA, showcase the power of combining different mediums to create a powerful sensory experience that connects the viewer to something larger than themselves. Through her use of color, Bonnefous evokes emotions that inspire action and create a dialogue between human and environmental forces. Her work is a testament to the power of art to tell a story that creates change.

Join us on April 7th at the Jules et Jim Hotel for a new exhibition Terra Infirma: Exploring Fragility and Resilience in Landscapes and Architecture, which showcases the work of Laura Bonnefous. Her exploration of landscape and architecture, combined with her use of color, creates a powerful sensory experience that connects the viewer to something larger than themselves. In this blog, we have explored how Bonnefous’ work is a masterclass in storytelling through art, and how her art can create change. Come and experience Terra Infirma and connect with the environment through art.

About the Author

Marques Hardin is the founder of Artgence and author of the blog.

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