Her metal sculptures seem to share their thoughts and emotions.
Prouvost arranges a complex
interplay of written words, language, sounds and moving images that has an
intense, contemplative effect. In the quickly cut videos, Prouvost links nature
shots, text sequences, the twittering of birds and images of people or bodies
that recall dream sequences. The artist loves blurring boundaries, and this
applies both to the media that she combines and to the content that she
interweaves in her video works. Her metal sculptures seem to share their
thoughts and emotions. They are performative in the sense that they speak
directly to the audience. The sense of closeness this produces suggests an opportunity
for direct communication between the work and the viewer, which is precisely
the artist’s intention. At the same time, she alludes to our relationship with
computers and household appliances, which also communicate with us today. These
“smart” everyday objects, gadgets and tools seek to convince us that they are
perfect. By contrast, the small flaws and mistakes in Laure Prouvost’s metal
figures lead us to believe that we can see an approachable, almost human side
Laure Prouvost seeks to restore
a little weirdness to the world with her art. Consciously using language so
that it is provocative or can be misunderstood is a central element of artistic
practice for her.
She won the prestigious Turner Prize in the United Kingdom
in 2013 and represented France at the Venice Biennial in 2019.