Oscillating between abstraction and figuration, Dominic Papillon’s work explores the narrative potential of sculpture through the use of materials, textures, and ambivalent shapes. By mingling human, animal, and floral forms, the artist wishes to create imagery with ambiguous semiotic contours that are both seductive and unsettling. His interest in anthropomorphic representations could be best described as aberrant or bizarre, often imbued with a subtle eroticism, commonly illustrating fragmented and distorted hybrid bodies.
Anxiety, aversion, perversity, but also ridicule, whimsy and candor are some of the impressions which emerge simultaneously from the art of Papillon. This constant attempt to establish a tension between feelings of a contradictory and disparate nature is the underpinning of his research.