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About Janus

An association of two artists, Janus revisits, in a figurative and symbolic approach, ancient myths that echo contemporary social issues. By working with clay, the sculptors stage the truth of the bodies, sensitive and sensual, heavy with suffering too. The nudity of the figures they sketch enables them to show the human being in its existential dimension. They proceed by touch, preferring the questioning offered by non-finito to the explanation of a smoothed rendering. Through the uneven modelling, they seek to provoke in the spectator a vibratory effect likely to exhume timeless anxieties.

For his next exhibition, Janus wanted to embody the duality between man and animality. From Ugolin to Lycaon, the two artists questioned the ambivalence of images of the wolf, object of fear and fascination. Emerging from the archaic world, founding legends and tales, their representation of the animal refers to great ancient figures such as the she-wolf whose ferocity of milk Romulus and Remus sucked. With Narcissus, Janus questions the pessimism of Hobbes and his Leviathan: the wolf as a reflection of Man. In trying to tame the wolf in order to better tame the fears that inhabit us, they keep a deep interest in the psychoanalytical dimension that this figure, both predatory and tutelary, represents.

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