Submission
Caroline Mesquita

Noctambules

Caroline Mesquita is one of the most intriguing young sculptors to emerge out of France in recent years, and the Blaffer Art Museum is proud to present her first solo museum exhibition in the United States. A jubilant disquiet presides over her multi-disciplinary work which navigates the increasing intimacy between man and machine as our forms, materials, and desires frolic. Mesquita’s combinatory practice marries the physicality of altered, oxidized, and painted metal and paper with experimental filmmaking and theatrical reverie. Her ensuing voyages into metallurgy and mythology result in life-size figures interacting with one another in carnivalesque vignettes that slide between Hellenistic sculpture and surreal celebration.


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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Title Wall, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Intro, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Roger, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Roger[detail], 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Roger & Greeter, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Greeter, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Greeter[detail], 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Snake, Hand, Prawn, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Hand, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Hand,Snake,Fish, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Prawn, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Prawn View, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Fish, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Fish [detail], 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Snake [detail], 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Video View, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
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Caroline Mesquita, Noctambules-Video, 2021, Mixed Media, Dimensions varied, Installation View, Blaffer Art Museum
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hnA1uxNr4h0uvh_A5JT53vs_rb9AVYSu

In its world premiere at the Blaffer, the video installation Noctambules immerses the viewer in a dreamy cinematic encounter between the artist in slumber and her congregating sculptures. French for “night creatures,” this baroque fantasia imagines the actions and desires of artworks if they had the opportunity to reverse the course of art making and re/sculpt their maker. The setting of this seductive chiaroscuro is a swirling bed that also assumes sentient properties, changing colors to reflect shifting emotional states before enveloping its chimerical passengers. To further amplify this uncanny arena, Mesquita populates both the stop-motion video and the surrounding gallery with doppelgangers and surrogates – casting a lookalike to “play” her on screen, alongside fairytale animals and entities that move between the real and imagined. As the objects of the artist turn back upon their author in in this stirring Pygmalion allegory, we can’t be sure who’s dream we occupy, or whether their intent is intimacy or revenge. Questions of ownership and animation also gather within Noctambules as we mull the conundrum of who makes who, and how art lives when we close our eyes.