Flaccid cats, ropes, and a deflated female nude torso crowd the space in Sophie Giraux’s composite sculptural tableaux. Cast in rubber and covered – painterly –in charcoal, the works evoke horror vacui scenes in which a fear of empty space is appeased by manically filling and then exceeding the given space. Giraux’s works present a series of contradictions, from static liquidity to voluminous bodies as surfaces. As the cats press out of the frame, transgressing its limits, the vacui is the opposite of the void.
There is a paradox at the core of Giraux’s storytelling that relies on the cat’s symbolic and affective resonances. Associated with the idea of cuteness and softness and a sense of comfort and cuddling, they simultaneously emanate a sense of strange and threatening discomfort. The critical universe of these formal and material considerations equally point to an existential tension between freedom and security and a new human condition.
Franziska Sophie Wildförster