Date : 2010
Medium : Works on paper
Size : 200 x 145 cm
Nothing is ordinary when it comes to the Chevalme sisters. For one, there is their astonishing work made with four hands!
Indeed, twin sisters Elodie and Delphine work together not only to design their works but also on their execution, which is more difficult.
This collaboration, which would be restrictive for some, is for them simply natural, even vital.
The partners reflect on the idea of complementarity and themes of racial mixing, identity and shared cultures.
They borrow their vocabulary and their cheerful, colourful visual style from hip hop.
For their first series, they came up with the term “Bouboys” (“booboys”) in the United States, a contraction of the words boubou and “B-boys”, in homage to the founding fathers of African-American popular culture.
These popular roots are essential, and it is this impulse that has driven the “papiers ordinaires” project. Because they favour everyday implements and mediums (felt markers, pens, pencils, photocopy paper, etc.), their work is familiar to us and, above all, more accessible.
However, although their work may be called simple “colouring”, the Chevalme sisters are exacting nonetheless: look at their technical mastery, imagine their patience and diligence!
They are not just drawing, but painting. This is why their image needs to be life size. By painting these men at full scale, the sisters erase any hierarchy between subject and viewer, creating a remarkable proximity and inviting us to enter the work.
By revisiting the traditional genre of portraiture, the Chevalme sisters offer a gallery of paintings that finally takes into account the pluralism and cosmopolitanism of the 21st century.