A fascinating contemporary limited edition bronze sculpture depicting the story of the ‘Hare and the Tortoise’ represented by the the torso of a woman with exaggerated muscle tone showing the latent, immediate power of the hare against the unappreciated work ethic of the tortoise seen below her uplifted heal, inspired by Aesop’s Fable. Signed, numbered and dated.
Height: 42 cm
Condition: As New Condition
Materials: Bronze & Marble
Born in Paris in 1960, now living in Bristol, England, Lucianne Lassalle has made sculpture since she was a child. She grew up in a bohemian artistic environment, her mother was a potter, her father a painter and her Aunt was the muse Sylvette David for Picasso in 1953.
The human form has always been Lassalle’s passion. It holds endless possibilities albeit just as pure sculptural form or as a socio-political reflection or comment. Living In Bristol has had a big impact on her recent work, streaming a flow of urban realities, reflecting particularly the street culture in the city today. Leading her investigation into the vunerabilities and vibrancy of human nature, here urban myths are grafted on to the archetypes of ancient Abrahamic and Greco/Roman mythologies.
One can see Lassalle’s obsession with the myth of Icarus who dances, flies and falls through space, linked to the restless rebelliousness of youth, a desire to experience an exciting and razor edge life. This winged and sometimes unwinged subject has also allowed her to express a wide range of dynamic movement,bringing her love of contemporary dance and physical theatre into her work.
Lucianne Lassalle's Statement
"Some of the work subtly ‘has a go’ at male machismo while simultaneously paying tribute to the whole classical culture that was largely their (male) invention" Howard Male
"In the tension, movement and sheer life in the craft of Lucianne Lassalle there is a feeling of anticipation that asks a question of you every time you see it. On seeing her sculpture one is struck by the beauty and powerful expressiveness of the form and its inherent flexibility as a vehicle to inspire" Jeff Pirie
"I find myself turning Icarus by a few degrees a couple of times a day so I see him from a new perspective. He is interesting/beautiful from any angle. This quality is very unusual. Most figures need to be seen from one or two sides. I have now repositioned him to the centre of the round glass table in the middle if my living room. " Patrick Alan
Lassalle works from the life model, as well as from photos and memory. Creating pieces on all scales from 15cm to 2 meters, she works in initially in clay the sculpture is then cast into limited edition Bronzes or resins.
“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