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De Monchaux's work refers to the body in both its physical and psychological aspects. Her sculptures are often sexual in their evocations. Characteristically, she uses contrasting materials and finishes, combining soft, luxurious textiles with elaborately cut sheet metal. The vertical element in this sculpture recalls the openings and zips of De Monchaux's earlier works. The sensation of an interior space lying beyond and inside this strip is unmistakeable. The illusion of hidden or obscured spaces is enhanced by the beribboned, painted glass panels flanking the central element. The architectural scale of this work suggests the possibility of a further space behind the white-painted glass.

August 2004