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Enroulement by Michel François is a round sculpture that lives: time colours and modifies the piece. Enroulement by Michel François is a round sculpture that lives: time colours and modifies the piece.

Enroulement
Michel François, 1995

Is art about creating or transforming?

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Things are constantly changing in the physical world due to the passing of time. An essential process that obviously continues to fascinate Michel François.

The state of the material in his work betrays that of time and vice versa. While his sculptures are not made from organic or volatile materials, they often suggest movement or tension. ‘Enroulement’ is also alive.

The rolled-up paper strips have discoloured over the years and they have started to move around the grey clods of clay: the intruders.

Although the circle traditionally passes for a ‘perfect shape’ and François’ work kneading and rolling up is over, ‘Enroulement’ instead suggests a snapshot of a complex and unfinished process. A starring role is set aside here for ‘time’, the invisible hand that continues the work.

Could this idea not therefore be a symbol for the exhibition? The snapshot of a collection in the making. A collection that has been searching for its essential form from the very beginning and follows the needs, whims, preferences and philosophies of the moment: a living collection.