b. 1961, France, lives and works in Paris
In Saraï Delfendahl's work, everything is alive, inhabited, both human and animal.
An expressionist naivety emerges from her world of earthbound creatures.
Like a demiurge, Saraï Delfendahl creates a poetic world where the spectator hesitates to recognise a forgotten kinship, an ancient and contemporary fable.
This sculpture is part of a series the artist calls "models" in English and "figures" in French. It was inspired by the discovery of a photo of André Breton sitting in front of his collection of Kachina dolls. This inspired the artist to create her own collection, and as can be seen here, her figures are very different from Kachina dolls.
Earthenware and enamel
33 x 20 cm
About the Artist
Paris based ceramic artist Saraï Delfendahl creates fantastical wall based figural sculptures modeled in earthenware and enameled. Elaborately detailed and inspired by fables, Decorative Arts and Art Brut, Saraï Delfendahl's sculptures stand out for their naivety and the strangeness of their aesthetics. Each form measures approximately twelve inches high and congregate into a coterie of human/animal hybrids,
Delfendahl lives and works in Paris, France and is a graduate of the National School of Industrial Design in Paris. She is the daughter of well-known Australian ethnologist Bernard Delfendahl who took the young Delfendahl at an early age to anthropological museums such as the Musée de l'Homme and the Musée du Quai Branly.
Collections & Exhibitions
Saraï has exhibited in Paris, at the Palais de Tokyo, Brussels, London, Milano and Tokyo.