Lucianne Lassalle (French, Born in 1960) Lassalle is now living in Dumfries, Scotland, Lucianne has made sculpture since she was a child. She grew up in a bohemian artistic environment, her mother is a potter (worked with Harry Davies) and her father Leonard Lassalle is a painter. Her Aunt Sylvette David was Picasso’s model in 1953 and is also a successful painter.
The human form has always been Lassalle’s passion. It holds endless possibilities for exploration albeit just pure sculptural form or as a sociopolitical refection or comment. The movement and vitality of her work is hugely influenced by contemporary dance and physical theatre.
“I see the human form as the interface between the mental, emotional and spiritual processes inside and the external manifestation of these in the world. I am fascinated by the complexity of the human experience and from this I am compelled and inspired to make sculpture” Lucianne Lassalle
The human form also leads her investigation into all sorts of aspects of human nature often referring to the archetypes of ancient mythologies especially Greek. Here one can see Lassalle’s obsession with the myth of Icarus where she depicts him awakening, flying and falling with burning wings. This subject allows her to express a wide range of movement with many of her figures upside-down or ‘falling’.
The Top Tup and Wild Things series are as caricatures/creatures of carnality. Their anthropomorphic wildness is naughty but vulnerable in their nakedness, oblivious to how they are perceived and revelling in their intent.
The Aphrodite and Star-Gazer ceramic works are focusing more on the human form and its physical construction/deconstruction using the clay slabs to lead our eyes from the representational human form to the abstract fabric of the clay material its self.
Lassalle frequently works from a life model, as well as from photos and memory. She might start with sketched ideas or just directly in the clay on a wire armature, she works on all scales from 15cm to 2 meters. She models the sculpture in initially in clay or in wax, then the work is either fired in a kiln, or it is cast in limited editions into bronze or bronze resin.