Chloé Royer (b. 1989) lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2015 and also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago - SAIC, US.
Chloé Royer’s work focuses on the materiality of both bodies and the objects with which bodies interact. Blurring the boundaries between human, more-than-human entities and objecthood, she produces hybrid shapes that disrupt conventional taxonomies.
Chloé’s sculptures do not « fit » in any category. They draw inspiration from the ways animals interact and use their bodies to communicate. To touch, to caress, to rub are therefore gestures that became central to her practice.
Not only do Chloé’s pieces question the constraints imposed on bodies, they also challenge the boundaries established between creative disciplines. Mobilizing both visual and tactile perception, they play with domestic shapes and enter the realm of design. Chloé shifts the sculpture into a functional object, and a functional object back into a sculpture.
Through this process, spectatorial expectations themselves are being tested. By “trying out” her sculptures, visitors are forced to adopt distorted physical attitudes. Interacting with her pieces requires them to either sit, lie, or look at themselves in an unexpected — often uncomfortable —- way. This encounter between flesh-and-bones bodies and artificial ones fosters somewhat of a choreography: visitors become active, change positions, their movement unsettling sculptural staticity. In the hollow and reflections of her pieces, they become partners for the sculptures, and performers themselves. By creating these postural dialogues, Chloé’s work aims at unleashing the transformative potentiality that lies within physical objects.