• Stéphanie Cherpin

    Derelict, 2012
    Wood, cardboard, metal, plaster, ceramic, painting, coating
    75 x 150 x 75 cm
    unique artwork
    Production Galerie Édouard-Manet, Gennevilliers - Photographie © Laurent Lecat
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Trophy, 2012
    concrete reinforcing bar, clay, polystyrene, rope, painting, tape
    Dimensions variables
    unique artwork
    Coprod. La Salle de Bains, Lyon & Galerie Édouard-Manet, Gennevilliers - Photo.© Laurent Lecat
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Her milk is my shit, 2012
    Metal, clay, tape, rope, painting, bamboo
    100 x 50 x 30 cm
    unique artwork
    Production Galerie Édouard-Manet, Gennevilliers - Photographie © Laurent Lecat
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Happy house I, 2012
    Wood, acrylic painting, asphalt, cob
    250 x 180 x 250 cm
    unique artwork
    Production La Salle de Bains, Lyon - Photographie © Laurent Lecat
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Happy house II, 2012
    Polystyrene, wood, rope, tape, painting, serreflex, gunny
    250 x 100 x 15 cm
    unique artwork
    Production La Salle de Bains, Lyon
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Happy house III, 2012
    Wood, plywood, painting, pillows, cob
    150 x 120 x 30 cm
    unique artwork
    Production La Salle de Bains, Lyon
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    No room, 2012
    Wood, cob, painting, rendering, reed panels
    Dimensions variables
    unique artwork
    Production La Salle de bains, Lyon
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Happy house II (version 2), 2012
    Polystyrene, wood, rope, tape, painting, serreflex, gunny
    250 x 100 x 15 cm
    unique artwork
    De Facto
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Sans titre, 2012
    Painting, metal, strings, raffia
    80 x 245 x 12 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Heaven is a truck, 2011
    Stones, wooden doors, painting, ropes, airbrush painting, iron
    Variable size
    unique artwork
    Production Le confort moderne, Poitiers
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Vis Mineralis, 2011
    Former railcar of the Marquèze Ecomusée, plates, coating
    22 meters, 45 tons
    unique artwork
    Production La forêt d'art contemporain des Landes - Crédit photographique : Lydie Palaric Vignau
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Heaven is a truck (fragment 5) , 2011
    Engraving on painted wood, metal, saturation varnish
    82 x 195 cm / 72 x 195 cm - par élément
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Heaven is a truck (fragment 6), 2011
    Engraving on painted wood, metal, saturation varnish
    82 x 195 cm / 72 x 195 cm - par élément
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Heaven is a truck (fragment 8), 2011
    Engraving on painted wood, metal, saturation varnish
    82 x 195 cm / 72 x 195 cm - par élément
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Heaven is a truck (fragment 7), 2011
    Engraving on painted wood, metal, saturation varnish
    82 x 195 cm / 72 x 195 cm - par élément
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Move on over here, slow it down, 2010
    ropes, painting, coating, bars, parquet, partitions, railway crossbeam, ondobitume.Variable size
    Dimensions variables
    unique artwork
    Production 40m3 Rennes
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Trapped again in still life, 2010
    piano wires and mecanism, bamboo, rope, acrylic painting
    200 x 70 x 45 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Let's me knife, knife me lets, I will get what I like, 2010
    tent, reflectors, tape, tightening bands, strings, painting
    3m50 x 2m50 x 1m50
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Let's me knife, knife me lets, I will get what I like, 2010
    iron gate, traffic lights, city luminary, chains, tarpaulin tissue, black tape, painting for metal
    4m50 de large, 6m de long et 3m
    unique artwork
    Frac Aquitaine
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Hang Wire, 2010
    piano wires and sound post, wooden portico, curtain wires, rendering, painting
    200 x 250 x 350 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    A fist is fast and Jimmie's cast Hang me, 2010
    wood, polystyrene beam, basket ball ring, piano wires, painting
    250 x 60 x 30 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Where did you sleep last night, 2009
    Two caravanes, asphalt, wood, paint
    400 x 500 x 300 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Sans titre, 2009
    Wooden cupboards, linoleum, Vénilia
    270 x 160 x 30 cm
    unique artwork
    MLF
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Break my body, hold my bones, 2009
    Wooden dresser, wooden pallets, fiber and concrete coating, paint
    270 x 200 x 30 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Something in the way II, 2009
    Plastic ponds, drainage ducts, tyre, asphalt, rope, paint
    250 x 600 x 350 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Drain you, 2009
    metal railings, vegetal fibers, felt, snow chains
    210 x 195 x 55 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Starving in the belly of a whale, 2009
    Pine staircase, venetian blind strips, nylon security straps, paint
    300 x 400 x 145 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Daddy's little girl ain't a girl no more, 2009
    Wooden painted small house
    350 x 250 x 250 cm
    unique artwork
    production Buy-sellf
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Milk it, 2008
    Pvc pipes, flowerpots, wooden canopy, asphalt, rendering, paint, scotch-tape
    170 x 190 x 140 cm
    unique artwork
    Cortex Athletico
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    I miss the comfort in being sad, 2008
    iron shutters, golf clubs, paint
    panneaux de volets en fer, clubs de golf, peinture.
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Hairspray Queen 1, 2006
    Automatic carwash rollers
    variable
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin
  • Stéphanie Cherpin

    Kabuto, 2006
    Corner bathtub unit, phonic sponge, ironing board, linoleum, chain, paint
    190 x 150 x 100 cm
    unique artwork
    Stéphanie Cherpin

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Biography

Who's afraid of MISS D.I.Y ?

If the heart of a city is devoted to a cultural and political life, the outskirts are a mass of building sites, industrial zones and hypermarkets. In contrast to the noble edifices of our city centers, the surrounding industrial and activity zones are a chaotic architectural mixture of purely functional and transient constructions. Yet the monumental profusion, the characteristic brutality of these zones, provokes a certain fascination.

This is what Stephanie Cherpin's sculptural works strive to explore and honor, in recognizing something familiar and legitimate in their existence, and distinct purpose. This recognition is the starting point of her sculptural journey. To explore and comb the outskirts of these territories. To consider their oversized dimension as an enormous atelier. To be overwhelmed by the flux of image and emotion. To hunt down spare parts in D.I.Y stores, with the purpose of acquiring an assortment of disengaged objects, to confront, combine and intensify them and create new aesthetic structures.

Stephanie Cherpin's hybridizations produce an alteration, a transfer of quality between material and form. The metamorphosis of a bathtub into an ironing board or the simple gesture of isolating car wash brushes into the majestic composition Hairspray queen, appear suddenly evident. The application of paint and other substances aide and abet this cross dressing, but in a deliberately unnerving and overtly vulgar fashion, like the quick over-spray of a stolen car, putting more emphasis on effect than beauty.
Looking at these sculptures, one can neither limit them in a given space or time. The sense of unfinished, a notion that transcends the history of sculpture, is unashamedly celebrated. Stephanie Cherpin consolidates nothing, instead she makes exquisite propositions with multiple escape routes.

Her sculptures create tension, show their teeth, they deliberately obstruct the passage and trip us up, take over a space like weeds that one can never quite eradicate, they spill over and provoke, and in this sense evoke a multitude of parallels with grunge culture. In their refusal of accomplishment, or to be confined within established rules, and stripped of any unnecessary sophistication, these works come into their own and earn their necessity to exist.
Stephanie Cherpin's work could be likened to a quote from Henry Millers Hamlet which describes grass: "If it produces no flowers, nor aircraft-carriers, nor sermons on mountain tops, in the end it will always have the last word."

Paul Bernard