Dominique Torrente is a multi-media artiste who questions the language. She sets up plastic devices which try to give a material and tangible dimension to words. The artiste works about the signifier, the verbal material, the form and the typography but she also explores the analogy, bonds, crossings, and the "errements" as well, between this plastic form and the linguistic sign, the signified. The artist was trained at "l'école des beaux arts" of Saint Etienne, and at university "de Paris 1 Sorbonne". She resides in Saint Etienne, France. Contact on other webside : www.dominique-torrente.com
Paradoxe n° 5, in Ut Pictura Poesis, words embroidered, 2010
In this series, the words are closely tied up with the fabric and artistically arranged like a painting (the shape : a square, the colour : red, the material : textile fibre).
Text and textile, these two seemingly separate entities are, in fact, very similar, even from an etymological point of view (texere) and present complex links between the fibre, the warp, the weft and the process of reading and writing. The words are embroidered with a high-performance machine equipped with software allows for a precise finish of the warious elements (the number of stitches, the grain, the choice of the weave as well as the shaping of the embroidered letter). Similar to a decorative diagramme, the word seems to come to life, thanks to the fibres which make it stand out. It takes shape, offers itself, opens up and welcomes the beholder. The text becomes a space with numerous dimensions. The words, LINE, BLACK, SPACE, WHITE, FIGURE etc.. are associatde with both drawing and painting techniques. They encourage us to question not only their meaning but also what constitutes a pictural object today. The pairs (diptychs) also offer double meanings, paradoxes (the words BLACK LINE are embroidered in red) and refer to the extreme complexity of language and translate the realities of everyday life as well as our interpretations of these paradoxes. Hence we move from what can be seen to what can be read and vice versa. According to Kosuth "art is philosophy made concrete". By using one, single colour as close as possible to that of the background, the letter is made to stand out from the very texture of the fabric. The thread has its own radiance and the weave creates depth. The light, changing as the day moves on, transforms the word in a strange manner. It makes the word disappear, intensifies it, gives it substance or even modifies its degree of luminosity. Thus, the word seems to shift ; it either fades away or becomes more precise. Changing or disappearing, the word is indeed trans-formed. Our certitudes are shaken or new meanings come to light, and this, in itself, refers to the opaque and vulnerable nature of the word.
translated by Lesley Corsi.