The plastic forms of the body are the core practice of the performer and photographer Isabelle Wenzel, who analyzes presence, mimetism, and identity through an aware self-observation
Isabelle Wenzel for Lampoon
Title: every given moment
We had this dry clay and started improvising with it. At first, the clay was still in blocks. We needed to smash it to create a landscape. But the clay turned out also as an element I used while performing, and it left traces on my skin. Materiality is often the main inspiration for my embodied interactions. This time I generate a feeling of transparency by using mimetism.
Originally from Germany, Isabelle Wenzel studied photography/art and is also an acrobat. Usually, she sets her own body before the camera. Taking advantage of the self-timer, she assumes an impossible position and holds it until the shutter is released.
Photographer: Isabelle Wenzel
Styling: Arianna Bonifazi
Set designer: Michel Wenzel