Following her 2019 Catharsis exhibition at Galerie Templon, Prune Nourry is unveiling her new Project Phenix at the Parisian gallery. Phenix revives the tradition of portraiture and explores the intimate relationship between artist and model. Prune Nourry invited eight visually impaired people to pose in her studio. Blindfolded, without ever seeing them – not before, during or after the project – she created a bust of each model, simply through touching and listening.

The models come from vastly different backgrounds. Some are blind since birth, others lost their sight through an accident or illness. All have however one thing in common: they have succeeded in overcoming their disability through their profession or voluntary work. Prune Nourry began by modelling the portraits in clay before moulding and casting them in fired clay and then firing them using the traditional technique known as Raku. Originally from Japan, the technique involves immersing the burning sculpture in ash as soon as it comes out the kiln. Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, each portrait thus becomes a metaphor for rebirth.

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The Phoenix Project exhibition presents eight Raku busts in the dark.

These sculptures should never be seen by the artist or visitors.

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Phenix (David)

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Phenix (Jean-Philippe)

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Phenix (Hayat)

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Phenix (Danielle)

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Phenix (Gnagna)

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Phenix (Jean-Marie)

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Phenix (Doris)

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Phenix (Roxane)

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