for cultural science nerds such as ourselves and presumably you, a first visit to French artist Caroline Corbasson's website will likely be one of those OMG-total-freak-out moments where you just want to buy everything. from earlier works on solar flares and meteor impacts to more recent pieces involving mapping, sculpture and signalling, her work spans geology, geometry, geography, space, storms and more. ahead of her upcoming appearance in BREESE LITTLE's dark frame / deep field show, we caught up with Corbasson to chat science, dream destinations and pyrite
you're clearly fascinated by the earth, space and science – when did this start?
I guess growing up in Canada deeply influenced me as a child – I remember spending long hours outside observing nature. I spent a few years on the road before settling in Paris to study art. these travels inspired me a lot. wherever I was in the world though, I would always draw, almost every day
how has your artistic practice changed over time. has science played a role?
I still draw a lot, but I've started working with sculpture more recently. I really enjoy working on large-scale pieces, and my upcoming projects are mostly 3D. I use scientific imagery as raw material, and like to take things out of their contexts, adding a twist to rational documents
what are you most inspired by at the moment? I’m doing some research on how telescopes are made, and more precisely the mirrors which are inside. I am going to work with cast glass which I am very excited about!
any dream destinations to visit for inspiration? so many! of course, top of the list would be Roden Crater – James Turrell, if you’re reading this, I know there’s a mile-long waiting list, but I really can’t leave this planet without seeing it! I am also seriously thinking about a trip to the ESO observatories (Cerro Paranal, Cerro Amazones, La Silla...) in the Atacama desert, in Chile
so you have a pyrite collection, right?
pyrites are unbelievable. I have a few on my studio table and they always remind me of how the most simple things are sometimes the most effective, powerful... I never get tired of staring at them. they have an uncanny perfection
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selected works by Caroline Corbasson will feature in dark frame / deep field at BREESE LITTLE, for which super/collider is media partner
private view: Wednesday 3 June 2015, 6–9 pm
curator-led tour: Thursday 18 June, 7pm
super/collider event: Wednesday 15 July, 7pm
summer party: Thursday 23 July, 6–9 pm