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Irina Rasquinet is a Russian artist born in 1974 in Chechnya. She grew up in a war-torn country and defines herself as an artist with “vacant roots.” As a teenager, she studied in Russia where she joined an experimental art school in Moscow. There she learned to release her creativity and was eager to try new perspectives. In 1997, the artist joined the School of Decorative Arts in Paris.
Fascinated by the French language, which has a distinctive place in Russian history and culture, Irina Rasquinet draws on word games or expressions with a poetic and surrealistic theme, which often delights those who discover it for the first time
As words are often the starting point of her creations, the title of each of her pieces carries particular significance.
With examples such as Roule-moi une pelle (2007), Terre à terre, (2008), Langue de bois, (2008) or Nature (sus)pendue, (2008), the artist takes fresh and imaginative look at these spoken expressions, and makes them resonate through her strong themes, such as love, identity and nature. From her elaborate and whimsical jewels (created for the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac house in particular) to her monumental sculptures, Irina Rasquinet's playful and abundant universe unfolds. Giving free reign to her child-like vision of the world, the artist creates spontaneously and without calculation, freed from all conceptual baggage, questioning with humour the realities of our contemporary world.