The daughter of a French soprano and an American photographer from Magnum, Sarah Kalvar was raised in an artistic International environment and has always been attracted to objects and decorative tools. She is exhibiting for the first time at Maison et Objet, the most important French decoration fair, which takes place in Villepinte near Paris, from September 8-12.Her wallpapers and tiles will be shown next to other booths with home accessories and furniture among the most prominent International decorators. Yet she makes everything herself in her studio of Saint Ouen, at the heart of the flea market.
There is always an erotic side to the pieces she creates, like in this collerette made of fingers in gum, which she compares to the fraises collars, that you find in Rembrandt’s portraits. Her wallpapers are very charming with pale blue and pink sceneries of naked men, or balls and sperm (beach balls) which take the allure of a palm tree. Even her storks look naughty in the middle of a pic nic of cookies which all have dubious shapes. She started with erotic cushions, where naked babies and interlaced legs and arms seem to be dancing and she designed jewelry … Her ambition is to get an editor for her wallpapers and tiles which are handmade in ceramics and cast in plaster at the moment.
The titles of her pieces, Breakfast Epiphanies, Saint Glinglin, a never ending party, Kindergarten, after Freud’s psychosexual Stages of development theory, are all full of sense of humor. And the contrast between this well to do young woman and her creations is probably what’s most fun about it all.
If you go to Maison et Objet in Villepinte, (8-12 September), don’t miss her booth D132 in Hall 4 and if not, you can contact her on www.sarahkalvar.com.
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