Born in Paris in 1976, Laurence Bonnel still lives and works in the capital city.
Since her early studies, the human figure occupies an essential place in Laurence Bonnel’s body of work. Through these tightrope-walkers crossing the divide, the artist investigates the instability of the transition from one physical or emotional state to another. Decomposing the movement, her sculptures illustrate the fragile flow of human existence, which continuously oscillates between two opposite magnetic poles in order to find the right balance. This struggle against gravity also echoes the antagonism of one’s inner world and the pressure of the outside environment. Laurence Bonnel’s search for the inner core of movement, from its origin to its final path, aims to create a clear depiction of the world’s many-faceted aspect. Whether it be its social, political, religious or private dimension, all the structures in which the apparent unicity of man’s identity is rooted, can only be fully understood through their complex and ephemeral character.
Since her first show in Paris back in 2003, the sculptures of Laurence Bonnel have been exhibited throughout the world, from San Diego to Hong Kong. They can also be found in some of the world’s most famous private collections such as the King of Saudi Arabia’s, as well as in public ones (Eg. “L’Enjeu”, in Christchurch, New Zealand).