©Dominique Lacloche

Dominique Lacloche

Dominique Lacloche was born in 1960 in Rome. She currently lives between Paris and London. 

Lacloche prints silver gelatin photographic images onto giant Gunnera Manicata leaves. The leaves of this South American plant are distinctive for their disproportionate sizes, measuring up to 2 or 3 meters across. Handling the plant is extremely precarious.

It is through light that this unique plant and photographic technique converge – the unpredictable nature of organic life and of chemical “life” plays out through both photosynthesis and photographic revelation. The image passes through anarchic, delicate, unpredictable phases, and the artistic gesture yields to the force of external events that impose themselves like “natural” laws.

The disproportionate size of the leaves, which can be used as the simple material support for an image, as part of an installation, as a pretext for other manipulations of images (superimpositions, work on the photographic negative, etc.), may prevail over the “image subject” at any given moment and transport vision to a world where the monumental dictates its own laws. The spatial arrangement and intelligibility of these giant leaves is thus a test of strength for the artist, an endeavor to strike the right balance.

The images revealed on the leaves are typically landscapes reflected in water. At this scale, the landscapes are encompassing and poetic, absorbing us in their reflections, yet due to the salience of the work’s spatial disposition and the material on which the images are printed, the images become fleeting landscapes of emotions. Like apparitions hovering between the infinitely elusive and the infinitely intimate, what is communicated through the veins of the leaves, faintly or clearly, is akin to visions of “another world” strangely familiar to us.

Equally interested in evolutionary and organic temporal systems, Lacloche has also explored these themes in film, digital animation, sound design, and electroacoustic music composition.

Lacloche’s artistic work is enhanced by her vision in painting and architecture, two disciplines she has studied and practiced for many years.

Lacloche’s works are present in several private collections around the world.