Pulsion Potion by Mimosa Echard at Cell Project Space

Cell Project Space presents the first UK solo exhibition by French artist Mimosa Echard.
Echard appropriates dead and living matter, playing on both an illusion of living and the skilful dosage of poisons and their antidotes. The exhibition comprises of film and sculpture drawn from the artist hoarding and foraging from both nature and industrialised debris to articulate Echard’s desire to make sense of the world. Her underlying botanical knowledge drives the act of collecting and composing, not solely linked to an inquiry into material but also to a possibility of being infected by it.
Algae, lichen, mentha, kombucha, phallus indusiatus mushroom, yarrow, fern, ginseng, clitoria, verbena, hypericum, summer savoury, St John’s wort, chamomile, passiflora, brambles, achillea, helichrysum, heather, tansy, egg shells, flies, chesnut flowers, sage, Diet Coke, marbles, wrapping, false nails, balm herb, car body debris, Leeloo Gé contraceptive pills, Echinacea pills, brewer’s yeast, dietary supplements for skin, fertility, hair removal wax, lactation or tranquillity pills from Boots and Schaebens. Ingredients all selected for their paradoxical side effects, which are impossible to control, but simultaneously provoke ecstasy, anxiety, annoyance, feverishness, seduction, irritation, rejection, and desire.
Central to the exhibition is Echard’s recently produced film ‘The People’, with accompanying soundtrack by musician Raphaël Henard. The densely chromatic work is compiled from the artist’s vast family archive of Mini DV footage. Travelling through a twilit forest wilderness in the Cévennes mountains, the film arrives at a small isolated clearing depicting an alternative communitarian way of life, cut off from society, constructed autonomously around nature rather than displacing it. ‘The People’ are a close network of friends and family members who have become polarized from contemporary life to create their own social reality and alternative living arrangement.
Autobiographical and a gesture of resistance by the artist, Echard poses an anxious counterpoint to an intermediary stage between her personal experience of the natural world and technology.
Recent group exhibitions in 2017 include ‘Le Reve des Formes’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; ‘Pre- capital’, curated by Nicholas Bourriaud, La Panacée, Montpellier; ‘Independence Day 2’, Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv and ‘The Plates of the Present, So Far’, Gallerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris. In 2016 Echard exhibited in ‘Faisons de l’inconnu un allié’, Lafayette Anticipation, Paris, following her residency at Fondation d’Entreprise des Galeries Lafayette (2015) and ‘Destroy the image and you will break the enemy’, Project room, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, in 2014. Her most recent solo exhibition ‘iDeath’, was presented by Galerie Samy Abraham, Paris in 2016. Echard lives and works in Paris.

A/B 24, 2017

Contraceptive pill, skin care capsules, Lecithin capsules, Vitamin E, B9, taurine, Omega 3, Coenzyme Q, Boots and Schaebens dietary
supplements for skin, fertility, lactation and tranquility, Green Lipped Mussel, Selenium ACE, lichen, fern, Clitoria, cherry pits,
kombucha, mushrooms, yarrow, snail shells, chestnut flowers, basil seeds, moss, butterflies, beetles, cicadas, tansy, Acanthus, algae, opium
poppies, lavender, plastic wrap, Coca-Cola Light, beeswax, cosmetic wax, epoxy resin
(200 x 80 x 6cm)

Cushions & I Still Dream Of Orgonon, 2017

Fabric, acrylic, cherry pits, sheepskin, dry Clitoria flower, blueberries, plastic ball, shirt, pearl necklace, wire, ferns, Ikea heart-shaped
cushions, baseball cap, yarrow, plastic fruit, latex, coral, Love Heart sweets, magazine cutouts, plastic flowers

(dimensions variable)

Cherry pits, chrysanthemum, glass pearls, quail eggshells, lichen, pink salt, artichoke ampoule, salmon eggs, pink salt, dragon blood resin,
sugar, cow milk, lavender, green clay, iron and leather necklace, brass earring, alum rock, batteries, white crystal, moss, silver foil, white
quartz, chamomile, oak moss, coins (euro cents), turquoise, tobacco, chrysanthemum, moss, mushrooms, opium poppies, lavender, epoxy resin
(dimensions variable)

Cushions, 2017 (detail)
Fabric, acrylic, cherry pits, sheepskin, dry Clitoria flower, blueberries, plastic ball, shirt, pearl necklace, wire, ferns, Ikea heart-shaped
cushions, baseball cap, yarrow, plastic fruit, latex, coral, Love Heart sweets, magazine cutouts, plastic flowers
(dimensions variable)
Cushions & I Still Dream Of Orgonon, 2017 (detail)

A/B 24, 2017

Contraceptive pill, skin care capsules, Lecithin capsules, Vitamin E, B9, taurine, Omega 3, Coenzyme Q, Boots and Schaebens dietary
supplements for skin, fertility, lactation and tranquility, Green Lipped Mussel, Selenium ACE, lichen, fern, Clitoria, cherry pits,
kombucha, mushrooms, yarrow, snail shells, chestnut flowers, basil seeds, moss, butterflies, beetles, cicadas, tansy, Acanthus, algae, opium
poppies, lavender, plastic wrap, Coca-Cola Light, beeswax, cosmetic wax, epoxy resin
(200 x 80 x 6cm)

A/B 24, 2017 (detail)

A/B 24, 2017 (detail)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

The People, 2017

Mini DV transferred to digital. Sound by Raphaël Hénard
(120 min)

Cushions, 2017

Hypericum, sage, balm herb, chesnut flower, fern, mentha, chamomile, passiflora, yarrow, tansy, jersey fabric
(dimensions variable)

Zia Margo, 2017

HD video loop
(7mins)

Map, 2016

Lamp, plastic snake, necklaces
(46 x 30 x 23cm)

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Pulsion Potion
by Mimosa Echard

at Cell Project Space
21.09.201705.11.2017

Cell Project Space