Folie is a nod to garden follies, ornamental structures with the primary purpose of embellishing a walker’s stroll and defining a picturesque viewpoint.
“At Chaumont-sur-Loire, Eva Jospin has taken the unprecedented step of turning her back on her preferred material, cardboard, which she sculpts with unparalleled virtuosity, and started on a new creative phase. She has used a radically different technique, moulded cement, to produce a work that is both poetic and monumental, a subtle combination of mineral and vegetable.
She has conjured up a mysterious world inside her cave, a world of extraordinary refinement, adorned with red stones and lightly tinted shells, gossamer-fine garlands falling from the sky, gilded inlays and meticulous bas-reliefs where her cardboard motifs reappear, this time set in delicately carved stone.
There is a remarkable contrast between the external power of the folly she has designed for the Historical Park and the sensitivity of its interior decoration, with the artist’s creative and evocative powers achieving a perfect marriage of strength and fragility. Immersion in this delicate, phantasmagorical landscape is a spellbinding descent into the world of fairytale and fantasy.” Chantal Colleu-Dumond
“For coming face-to-face with one of Éva Jospin’s pieces is to experience just as much a certain form of introspection as it is a way of standing upright, at the same time viewer and actor of the world around us”. Daria de Beauvais, Paris, March 2016.
Éva Jospin au Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2018 - © Éric Sander
Éva Jospin, born in 1975, graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2002.