Jill Galliéni

Born 1948
Hometown Aix-en-Provence, France
Lives and Works Paris, France

Jill Galliéni Gallery Art

Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art, Villeneuve d'Asq, France

Musée Jean Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine, Angers, France

La Fabuloserie, Dicy, France

Jill Galliéni works mainly in three directions—textile sculpture, drawing with needles and writing that becomes abstraction. She sculpts mysterious yarn-and-fabrics dolls to "build a universe running parallel to [her] reality.” They are huge and motionless, with or without eyes, turned inwards. "They are not on a human scale, they mustn't even look like humans. They are not our doubles, they are our spirit" says the artist. Since 2007, Galliéni has been placing women into groups; she sees them as "dancing souls". She also designs embroidered princesses, on sheer organdie. Their bodies gradually take shape with their features energetically sewn in a sort of electric writing. Alongside her dolls, Galliéni started writing and sewing prayers for Saint Rita, patron saint of lost causes. Illegible, automatic writing forms a design to become a composition. Galliéni’s ally, yarn, helps her to weave, regroup, design, link up, sew. "I get the impression that the innermost feelings, my contradictions and sources of joy are all reflected in my work.”


Jill Galliéni has been on display in personal and collective exhibitions in many institutions like Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, Musée Art et Marges, Brussels, Belgium, Institut Français, New York and Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand, France.


Courtesy of Marie Finaz Gallery

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