© Sandrine Pelletier. Photo © MCBA

Sandrine Pelletier. The Crystal Jaw
Prix Gustave Buchet 2021


Sandrine Pelletier explores matter and its potential for alteration. Wood, ceramic, glass, metal and mirror are the areas of a physical, sensual research that falls between craftsmanship and alchemy. Through the manipulation and transformation of these materials, the artist sparks a reflection on the passing of time, the ruin, and the trace.

Sandrine Pelletier’s work for Espace Projet, which she produced with the assistance of the master glassmaker Pascal Moret, is the result of her most recent material experiments while it brings together her experiences in Egypt  and Lebanon, the acquaintances and friends she made in those places, and the knowledge she acquired there; he images from marginal literature and movies; and finally the history of the garden, the aesthetic site of artificiality. Making good use of modified broken white glass laboratory plates, the artist composes a landscape of glints and reflections through which visitors make their way, as if entering the different layers of the site, which would normally be invisible. The mirrors reflect the image of the audience and send it back in a fragmented form, fully integrating it with the environment, whose beauty is that of a place fated to disappear.

Production: in collaboration with Pascal Moret, master glassmaker

Curation: Laurence Schmidlin


Sandrine Pelletier. The Crystal Jaw

Laurence Schmidlin (ed.)
With essays by Laurence Schmidlin and Marion Zilio.

Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, 2021. Coll. Espace Projet, no 3.

(FR/ANGL), 32 p., c. 45 ill.

Price : CHF 5.-

Sound piece

Vinyl record, limited edition

The installation The Crystal Jaw also features a sound piece by Procession Towards the Unknown.

Design by Sandrine Pelletier.

Mental Groove Records, 2021 (MG138)

Available at the MCBA Book and Giftshop
Price: CHF 45.-

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