fanny alliƩ

My textile and mixed media work inspired and directed by remnants, refuse, overlooked and lost elements of daily life is a study of the spaces we inhabit, starting with the body, the first place that contains us. Through my work, I reflect on questions such as memory, passage, the discarded, ephemerality and the brittle narrative that links us to each other.

Using almost exclusively found fragments and used materials (fabric, torn garments, small objects found on the street, my own clothing), I assemble the various materials in relation to each other in a combination of accidents and intentions while inserting pieces of the world into the work.
I am interested in these materials that we no longer want, that we leave behind and which nevertheless retain the traces to whom they used to belong, therefore becoming testimonies. These materials and objects bear witness to family, cultural, generational and collective narratives, constituting the history and the fabric of a place.
They also reflect on an alternative economy, where the discarded, soiled, fringed and aged replace the new and the clean. I also want to make visible the connection between the abandoned object and the subject that inhabited it, the object that was a part of the subject and that is now outside of it, the inside and the outside.

In these stitched landscapes, fragile and unstable figures emerge from the material and haunt these spaces punctuated by stains, marks and holes. The stains and fragments are all given a specific role in the overall composition, creating a rhythm of hanging elements, a choreography of gestures and body positions. The figures live within uncertain landscapes, hanging by a thread or on the verge of falling; they slowly fade and merge with their environment, bordering on abstraction. They become the substance of the city that relates to the found materials I collect.
Both figures and architectures seem to be collapsing simultaneously.
Various movements and tensions inhabit these emotional landscapes: inside/outside, soft/hard, relief/flat, precious/worthless, abandoned/chosen. Born from personal and collective experiences, they create a shared mythology of the spaces we inhabit daily.

In conversation with my solitary studio practice, which is driven by the handmade process, I develop site-specific and community-based public art projects. I intend the public sculpture and its surrounding to become a place of social hangout where participants and the audience may get to meet and interact with each other. The human figure, with a particular interest in its outline or trace, is at the core of my public work and play with ideas of memory and the mark we leave on places and others.