Laden with sponges, coral, urchins and seashells, Fontaine is directly in line with the work of 16th century French ceramicist, Bernard Palissy. This 3-metre colossus of pink-enamelled stoneware stands proudly in the basin of the Place Royale fountain, paying tribute to the triumphant femininity celebrated in the surrounding sculptural ensemble from the 19th century.
“This is a peeing statue, and the title thumbs its nose at Marcel Duchamp’s urinal. (….) In its continuous flow of urine, there’s the idea that little girls can also pee vigorously, far, and continuously. And, ironically, this is happening in a public space where only urinals for men are allowed! There is a manifesto quality to this sculpture, which is perhaps the most narrative, chatty, and feminist work I have ever made.”
Elsa Sahal was born in 1975. She lives and works in Paris. She is represented by Galerie Papillon (Paris) and The Pill Gallery (Istanbul).
COURTESY OF GALERIE PAPILLON AND THE PILL GALLERY
© ELSA SAHAL, FONTAINE, 2012. PARCOURS HORS LES MURS DE LA FIAC AU JARDIN DES TUILERIES, PARIS. PHOTO : DENIS AMON