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Aurélie Poux

Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole

The Parade

Entitled La Parade (The Parade), the artwork consists in a mixed-media installation made of eight pencil drawings and two sculptures. Resembling enlarged toys, both sculptures depict baby animal figures that appearto suffer from some kind of illnesses or injuries. A hand-carved wooden bird standson a wooden stretcher, while, a few meters away, a plaster-made horse also seemsto be in a pretty bad condition. Completely bald, the latter looks like he lost hiscoat, mane and tail. His ears and parts of his legs too, are missing: wooden rodshelp him stand and offer him a precarious stability. Placed behind the aforementioned sculptures, eight realistic drawings offerpiecemeal information about a scene within which both creatures appear: it is as if the images documented a scenery where both sculptures had a role. Using multiple framings and viewpoints, the plot revolves around a group of children who attend an undefined procession, either as participants or as spectators. Among the participants, two kids carry the wooden bird while the plaster horse acts as a mount to a third one. Lacking any contextual indication, the surreal scene resembles an odyssey and remains at the juncture between a parade, a demonstration, a cortege or a staged performance.