BibiMichèle - Confronting Time
Tayloe Piggott Gallery
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
10 May – 13 June 2021
We are excited to announce the exhibition BibiMichèle - Confronting Time at Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson Hole. Featuring a selection of figurative sculpture work by mother-daughter duo BibiMichèle, Confronting Time refers to the way the two sculptors, united as one, bridge the generational void, creating contemporary but timeless work. Bibi and Michèle first started collaborating at the bequest of a friend and contemporary art collector for his sculpture garden in France, and it was a near immediate revelation for both their artistic practices.
The very first work the two created together presents both a ruminative and blockbuster experience at once—undeniably the centrepiece of the exhibition. The Tit is just that—a massive, reflective single breast of poured stainless steel. The highly polished surface integrates its surroundings—the lush greenery of a country garden or the visage of the gallery viewer alike—into the experience of the piece itself.
“For us it was a way of connecting heaven and earth,” notes Bibi.
As a rule, the duo confronts the challenges of materiality with creative solutions. Stainless steel, for one, is not often poured at such a large scale. The material is too hot for a mold, like those used to cast bronze. BibiMichèle came up with a casting process using sand as the material for the mold. The result is this fabulously sexy, conceptual mind-bender or an indoor-outdoor sculpture that is The Tit.
Stemming from the experience in creating The Tit emerged a series of hands and stylised heads, in bronze, brass, and alabaster, as well as a wall of translucent alabaster Tits, designed to become a site-specific bespoke installation.
“We were able to give each other such support. It elevated us, every time… When one person would sort of get down a bit, the other person would just lift the other one. It was absolute magic,” says Michèle.
The exhibition BibiMichèle - Confronting Time is on view at Tayloe Piggott Gallery until 13th June 2021, with a Trunk Show from 31st May until 5th June presenting an exclusive selection of Bibi van der Velden jewellery pieces.
About Michèle Deiters
Michèle Deiters was schooled in Switzerland and spent a year in Rome studying Art History. She then traveled to a kibbutz in Israel, her stay cut short by the Yom Kippur War, where she was trapped in a bomb shelter for several weeks. Fascinated from an early age by stonework, Michèle’s youthful dreams were answered when she was awarded a two-year apprenticeship with acclaimed sculptor, Nico Onkenhout. Thereafter she studied sculpture at the London Art Schools City and Guilds and welding with the London Polytechnic, followed by two years with the New York National Academy and another two immersed in the stone quarries of Italy. Returning to the Netherlands with her growing family, Michèle established her studios in Utrecht and le Chambon, in France. Commissions began flowing in for companies and collectors, but it would be years before she would fulfil the continuation of the artistic persona who is BibiMichèle.
About Tayloe Piggott Gallery
Specialising in modern and contemporary art, Tayloe Piggott Gallery expresses a sharp appreciation for exceptional aesthetic vision. Based in Jackson, Wyoming, the gallery showcases sophisticated, unique artworks in a modern setting. Always interested in artistic discovery, the gallery expanded to create The Project Space: a collaborative place for the local and global community to share ideas, showcase work, host events, and expand artistic concepts. Mindful and thought-provoking, Tayloe Piggott Gallery aims to enrich cultural dialogue by bringing remarkable artists into an already flourishing arts community.