Alice Riehl, Mangrove, FR, 2022

Alice Riehl, Mangrove, FR, 2022

By combining French decorative arts motifs, organic imagery, and contemporary motivations into visual poetry, French artist Alice Riehl’s porcelain wall murals exist in a liminal space between the natural and constructed worlds. Nurtured by the memory of her grandmother’s needlework, Riehl explores the combination of porcelain and lace, working the peculiar texture of this marriage into a personal signature of her botanical inspired ceramic works.

Travels nurture the artist’s dreams and imagination. Captivated by the tangles of mangrove roots she discovered near the water’s edge during excursions throughout Thailand, Riehl wanted to convey the sensation of springing up and taking root, the life impulse felt in these calm, sometimes stagnant waters. Atypically she has added long, stylized banana leaves that form flat areas of porcelain. Renouncing her usual openwork forms of lace, here she uses a bold over-scaled facsimile, as if to underline the strength and presence of the vegetation conquering the slightest space left by humans. An awe-inspiring plant that is sometimes perceived as hostile, the mangrove is the symbol of a space where the plant kingdom takes center stage, a rich, complex and fragile ecosystem that we must take care of. By placing it at eye level on the walls, Riehl seeks to magnify it, to underline its splendor and crucial role.

60h x 95w in
152.40h x 279.40w cm

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