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Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud
June 3 - September 18, 2022
Specially created for the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, Françoise Pétrovitch unfurls a series of original drawings in the choir of the abbey. Immense or small, even minuscule, they are at one with the thousand-year-old stones. The inks she applies saturate the paper, which then comes to life, sculpting a universe of sublime figures that includes her “stretched out” Étendus which are exhibited around the alter, alongside the recumbent statues of the Plantagenet tombs.
The semi-conscious state evoked by the Plantagenet recumbents, believed to be awaiting their final judgement, provides a striking echo to Françoise Pétrovitch’s work. Her large-format, stretched out figures, which she has entitled the Étendus, also seem to linger in an interminable state. A kind of torpor that characterizes endless waiting on the threshold. The artist conjures a solemn lightness with these drawings, evoking a suspension of time that correlates with that of the recumbents.