Late for Life Chapter II – Previously Loved: Xenia Lucie Laffely

This exhibition is the first chapter of a new body of work called “Late for life”. It started with the feeling of being late in life. Through the lens of failure (as conceptualized by Halberstam), I have explored 3 ideas; laziness, lust and (old) age.

During the first 2 weeks of my residency, I devoted my time to gather and produce pictures that I turned into digital paintings. These images evoke a patchwork of feelings, memories, thoughts, references, and sensations. I turned these images into quilted, embroidered, and embellished textile pieces. Contrasting with the softness and warmness of the textile pieces, I also printed some of the paintings on aluminium and highlighted them with nail polish. The space of the exhibition is designed to accentuate the ambivalence between the feeling of intimacy and exposure.

ps : it’s not a cow print, it’s the belly of my dog.

Artist Profile - Xenia Lucie Laffely

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    Born in Switzerland, Xenia Lucie Laffely lives and works between Lausanne and Montreal. Laffely has a background in fashion design (HEAD-Geneve), french literature, art history (UNIL-Lausanne) and feminist studies (UQAM- Montreal). Xenia Laffely’s practice combines the traditional language of textile work with the contemporary aesthetic of digital photoshopped painting, creating hybrid pieces that question hierarchies between art, design and crafts. She creates a lively sentimental reappropriation of issues related to domestic space, intimacy, queer love and self-fiction.