‘I work by intuition’ says Annette Messager ‘So each time I create, it is as if it is my first artwork’

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Messager uses everyday objects, often found on the streets around her Paris studio, to create artworks that deal with memories with a refined cruelty. Pikes feature little bodies made out of a combination of doll parts, stuffed limbs, headless torsos and internal organs enclosed in sections of stocking, or pierced by many coloured pencils and hung with drawings of torture instruments and victims. Her installation reflects the world of the carnival in which chaos is briefly allowed to replace order, and the boundaries between civilised and uncivilised behaviour begin to blur.