invariably say: “don’t touch.” French artist Milène Guermont says: “please do.”
She believes her art should gratify the curious hand with a direct experience of the passion that she
into each of her works....
Guermont’s dual background in engineering and fine-arts provides an ideal platform for developing
concepts and materials. Her artworks in “Polysensual Concrete”, for example, are designed to be
Her sculptures made of “Craters Concrete” are characterized by dramatic surface relief, created when the
manipulates the material at the moment of crystallization. And finally, her “Colored Engraving”
permits permanent “writing” on the surface of concrete slabs.
The genesis of Guermont’s interest in the artistic possibilities of concrete stems from a visit to
Switzerland more than a decade ago when the sound of the sea emerged from a concrete wall she was
a classic example of synesthesia (stimulation of one sense provoking sensation in another). Since
Guermont has sought to re-create through her work similar moments of discovery for others. She takes
faith that each of us is naturally curious for contact, interaction and experience, and no less so
comes to art. In the typical museum setting, however, art lovers are frustrated in their desire for
something to touch. And Guermont’s work rewards the tactilely curious on more than one sensory
touched, many of her pieces respond with light and sound depending on the magnetic field of the
Edward BOSLEY Director and Chief Curator of the Gamble House museum (CA, USA), 2012
Milène Guermont is a magician, a magician of concrete.
Pass in front of the wall of a school and you hear the children's laughter....
She is the queen of the ‘metamorphosis of concrete’ (this magnificent material which is imposing
massive nature). She softens it and gives it a voice, which little by little becomes its own
We can say that she has created a new poetic way that superimposes onto the forms of
Inspired by the monumental sculpture by Milène Guermont on Place de la Concorde... with texts by ambassador Ehab Badawy, architect Jean-Paul Viguier, historian Alain Niderlinder ... Photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson...