The Female Torso

The Female Torso - 'Odore de Femmina - Ecto' 2012
Odore di Femmina – Ecto, 2012 (Image courtesy of Galerie Perrotin & Johan Creten. Photograph by Guillaume Ziccarelli)

I was first introduced to the work of sculptor Johan Creten last month when visiting Galerie Perrotin in Paris. Ironically, that same evening I had the pleasure of sitting next to monsieur Creten at the Sidaction Gala. Johan is of Belgium decent but currently resides and works in Paris. His ceramic sculptures have been widely exhibited in major cities and galleries around the world – his show at Perrotin will be up through the 23rd of February. While Johan’s work spans a variety of subject matters, I am particularly drawn to his series of female torsos. Though the torsos themselves are odorless, Johan’s decision to use certain flowers and colors is to allude to a woman’s natural scent.

The Female Torso - 'Odore di Femmina - Strands' 2010
Odore de Femmina – Strands, 2010 (Images courtesy of Galerie Perrotin & Johan Creten. Photographs by Guillaume Ziccarelli)

The Female Torso - 'Camelia' 2007 and Rose Gold-plated Bronze, 2009
Camelia – 2007 (Left) and Torso – Shanghai Gold (Right)

Although Johan’s work resides in a number of Chanel boutiques across the world – such as a sculptures made of white ceramic camellia flowers in Beverly Hills and a rose gold-plated bronze piece in Shanghai (pictured above) – his torso’s remind me so much of the intricate bodices’ of certain Alexander McQueen gowns (pictured below). Johan began constructing his series of flower torsos in the late nineties, preceding McQueen’s work of a similar style, but still fun to compare nonetheless!

The Female Torso - Alexander McQueen, 'Voss' Spring/Summer 2001
Alexander McQueen – ‘Voss’ Spring/Summer 2001

The Female Torso - Alexander McQueen, 'Sarabande' Spring/Summer 2007
Alexander McQueen – ‘Sarabande’ Spring/Summer 2007

The Female Torso - Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2011
Alexander McQueen – Spring/Summer 2011

The Female Torso - 'Odore di Femmina - White Russian' 2012
Odore di Femmina – White Russian, 2012 (Image courtesy of Galerie Perrotin & Johan Creten. Photograph by Guillaume Ziccarelli)

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