LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
Graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2019 with an MRes in Exhibition Studies, Malcy Delacour now concentrates her work on printmaking. She is intrigued by the power of this medium and its unlimited possibilities.
In her practice, she questions the gesture of the photographer. Haunted by the idea of drawing a photograph, she enhances her own monochrome prints with the intrusion of soft colors. Inspired by the Pictorialism, she likes blurring her images by hand, using different stratagems. She attempts to confuse the viewer by conceiving ageless prints.
Her interest in photography lays on the idea of the photograph being a cynical conveyer as the camera entraps the unconscious to reveal an illusion. Minor White calls photography ‘the mirror with a memory and recommends looking at it as if it were a mirage’.
She questions the ontological mysterious alchemy that happens between her mind and the apparatus. A reminder that according to Freud, the invention of photography is more linkable to the faculty of memory rather than vision. Photographs create references to the historical, cultural, and political background we live in as ‘the truth of photography lay not in the replication of facts but in the creation of a convincing illusion’. When I mirror a scene, I compose or re-compose a déjà-vu -the quintessence of photography- to create an image I term a ‘déjà-made’. Capturing images with an analog camera contributes to this concept, as a gesture that requires time and reflection.
Photography is the mirror of our thoughts, of the invisible. The photograph is present not only in the very moment of its occurrence, but also in the continuation of an instant; it could be seen as an anachronistic reference.
More recently, Delacour developed her own method to imprint frailty marks. She superposes, layers, intertwines her transparent forms. She explores the delicacy of the traces, the sharpness of the edges to translate her mind’s aesthetic. Her aim is to research and create a composition where each step becomes visible. She imagines a new palimpsest that is not figurative.
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Delacour's works can be found in private collections, and has been selected to appear in the following exhibitions.
* "Impression", a hand-printed photoetching was selected by Grayson Perry for the 2022 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (Room 4, #474), in London.
* "Taussat", a monotype, was exhibited at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair in 2021.
* Three of her photographs, "Drawing photographs", were selected for the East Wing Biennial 13, SURGE, at the Courtauld Institute, London in 2018.
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Malcy Delacour came back to college to study the Arts after a long career in motherhood. She was born in France in 1970 and worked in the fashion industry in Paris until moving to London with her family in 1999.
2017-19 MRes Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins, College of Arts & Design.
2015-16 MA Fine Art Photography, London College of Communication, UAL.
2007-12 BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins, College of Arts & Design.
WHO I AM
A pluridisciplinary artist, photographer & printmaker.
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