Lacombe_Venus Landscape
Michelle Lacombe The Venus Landscape, documentation, 2010.
Photo : Lorna Bauer, tattooist : Emilie Roby, courtesy of the artist

Michelle Lacombe turns her body into a palimpsest for us to decode, mingling constructed and natural signs and generating a complex image of the tensions traversing it. Each of her works comes about in two moments. The first is the work’s production and presentation, focusing on an issue conveyed by the media and art history, which generate an exterior view of the woman. The second is everyday lived experience, in which bodily signs endure, accumulate, recontextualize one another. Lacombe embodies both perspectives simultaneously; her body, a field of struggle, testifies to this.

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