Under The Skin Of a Silicone Artist

Emmanuelle Lainé is part of a new generation of young French artists, known worldwide for her installations using silicones to achieve lifelike effects.

Emmanuelle Lainé, a young French sculptor who often uses molding techniques, is constantly searching for new materials to achieve innovative artistic effects. For the 13th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, she was interested in creating works that were a fusion between technology and nature, recreating what she calls “organic fluidity”. After showing her work and talking about her techniques to Elkem Silicones, we decided to support her endeavors and provide her with various silicones to explore new artistic horizons.

Emmanuelle Lainé was looking for fluid materials that enabled her to design and create different textures that replicated organic shapes. She was especially interested in using silicones because, as she says, “they are contemporary materials that create a fusion between technology and nature and between industry and art”. She is also intrigued by their flexibility and flowability. “What’s great,” she adds, “is how I can replicate very precise shapes, but also leave traces of how the silicone drips off the mold. This allows me to create a finished work, while leaving traces of the work-in-progress.” Emmanuelle also uses silicones with other materials, from LCD screens to polyurethane fragments that blend harmoniously into her work.

After having spoken to technical experts at Elkem Silicones, Emmanuelle Lainé chose to work with our BLUESIL™ RTV 3318 SPU with BLUESIL™ Cata SPU and BLUESIL™ RTV 3040 A&B silicones because they gave her the flexibility and artistic freedom to achieve exactly what she was looking to achieve. “Not only were the silicones a pleasure to work with,” she concludes, “but they were extremely versatile and could be dyed, allowing me to play on a great variety of colors as well as textures.”

With these materials, she successfully created an installation with the photographer André Morin at the 13th Lyon Biennale which, according to one review, “were unique, using a process that combines laboratory and building techniques, crystalizing a moment in infinity, both intuitively and sculpturally, in the incessant agitation of the world.”