Dupaquier, Cécile

FR, 1970

The art of Cécile Dupaquier is a question of the material. It is about sparseness, simplicity, and the beauty of Styrofoam sheets, acoustic insulation boards, and variations of plywood from ordinary do-it-yourself stores. The drawings, in turn, are done on paper with a standard A4 format, which can be bought around the corner in low-priced packages if one urgently needs to print a computer file. The artistic gesture thereby is always minimal (a cut, a fold, a facing, or the mounting of a hinge) and serves to plumb the formal possibilities – and physical limits – of the material in space. The artist’s works play with surfaces, but also try out the possibilities for creating volumes (this also recalls the formal research of the avant-gardes of the early 20th century, Gerrit Rietveld and Katarzyna Kobro, and recent artist figures like Charlotte Posenenske, Joachim Bandau, and Thea Djordjadze).
Thibaut de Ruyter, 2017