Luckily for me it also coincided with a pie contest in the nearby town of Tivoli NY, lots of yard sales and swimming holes spots…
Fabienne is warm, generous and smart, quite like her work: her sculptures seem to be defining unusual spaces, overlooked negatives and unwanted shapes; with color and texture she gives voice and presence and volume to the awkward and ignored. She has a great sense of color (which worked really well in the Basilica), structure and material, and creates unusually elegant pieces which are skinny, empty, covered, folded and tilted.
It seems like there is a reference to the classical shapes of monuments, like arches, medallions, towers: shapes of commemoration and tribute. I like thinking about these works as small monuments, celebrating the beauty of imperfect shapes. It is great being in the same room with them as they feel very small and fragile but are, in reality, larger than life. They feel sturdy and dedicated to maintaining their structure.
I was very happy to meet Fabienne and to have a moment to talk with her. She has a very nice website which I plan on exploring in great detail!!