Shirley Rufin is an emerging plastic artist from Martinique. She was born in Paris in 1985 and lives and works in Fort de France, Martinique. Her primary medium is photography, which she utilizes to question the body’s relation to abstraction in ways that offer a reconfigured look at female representation.
In my plastic approach, the body is considered beyond the criteria aesthetic, because I do not apprehends it socialized but deconditioned. Specifically, it is shown only in a physical presentation to the world. Discharged of all symbolic gasoline between body and soul, it is operated as organic material and texture attached, shaped or rather sculpted by light.
My practice is a process of development in a crisis of perception of body by a chemical action that alters, defeated, breaks down, and destroyed the image to lead to a loss of the subject because this image exposes a margin body and creates a sort of disturbing reflection updating parts that arise of an infinite and indefinite substance which does not consign the body. However, even if the latter remains singular it tends towards the universal. It seems obvious to me that if the camera is a sacred receptacle crossed by lines of light, but also a developer of the mysteries of the existence… He participated in the redemption of the body which dispossessed, is being forced to display an appearance made of any room.
I use film photography as a footprint, not as evidence of a State. At this moment, the body becomes a suggestion and not a reflection narcissistic or interrogator. It is an evocation of the hidden and the exhibited. I destroy this body image in the deprivation of its surface, as for the mark and authenticate in a singularity which allows passing from darkness into light. My pictures are “mental archaeology”, they are therefore of the trace and are metaphors for the physical body in organic form. I called thus because they are emerging but also strata of experience and a rooted history that determines a system and a method of operation shareholder.
“Your body does not belong to you and you are not your body!