Laurence Perratzi is a French figurative artist who explores the expression of the body. Her work is a reflection on movement, strongly influenced by her background as an athlete, where poise and balance are paramount. The figures defy gravity with subtle poses or sometimes snapshots of the body in action.
Progressively, the balance and fluidity of these bodies become an interpretation that integrates them into a story, staging them in a situation that challenges, makes us smile or sometimes questions.
This is how Laurence uses circles, frames, nylon threads representing the rain, clouds in order to stage these bodies and bring out this interaction that links them to the world around them. This great freedom of work extends through the exploration of new elements such as matter and texture. The texture, evolves from smooth to a more rough, irregular texture, more expressive and alive according to Laurence. She also plays with the sometimes surprising dialogue between materials such as paper, fabric, jesmonite, polyurethane foam, unexpected materials or those considered “incompatible” with the nobility of bronze. These associations allow her to breathe simplicity, freedom, life and warmth into the bronze that is so vibrant and extraordinary during the casting process but which regains a certain rigidity when it cools. Laurence likes to create new balances that defy gravity, make the body speak and move towards an aesthetic unburdened by letting go.
Laurence Perratzi graduated from a Business School in 1993 and from a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and began her professional life in Finance. She first worked for BNP in Hong Kong (in Private Banking), then for Gap in San Francisco (in International Treasury) and finally for Letsbuyit, in France, Spain and Italy (as Managing Director). Although enthusiastic about her financial career, Laurence discovered her passion for sculpture in 2000 and thus began her artistic trajectory. She really developed it when she arrived in London in 2005, where she lived for fifteen years.
Today Laurence is back in Paris. Her studio is at the Frigos de Paris. Laurence exhibits in numerous contemporary art fairs and galleries around the world.