(France) born in 1966, lives and works in Paris
The sculptor Jean-Marie Perdrix likes working “within a cooperative”, to use his own word. For almost 20 years, he has been collaborating with a group of craftsmen in Burkina Faso, with whom he has developed in particular a process for recycling plastic waste in Ouagadougou. He has thus designed pieces of furniture based on moulded plastic bricks, modules intended to furnish schools. But the bulk of his work has to do with fusion, both literally and figuratively: concretions where forms of organic matter are combined with bronze, aluminium and plastic. In this way he produces works, where the metal is cast in animal corpses, burning flesh and mixing with epidermises. The result is forms that are as intriguing as they are violent, where the dead body is recycled just like the matter in which it is incorporated. Nothing makes it possible to control the forms completely; the process is experimental and random, and nature gets the better hand of man.