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communiqué - february 2019

Artist Anaïs de Lÿs Wears Her Painted Canvas at London Fashion Week

Following her performances for Paris Fashion Week at Centre Pompidou, Frieze Art Fair New York and Art Paris Art Fair, artist Anaïs de Lys presents her performance art work “Art is the new ‘(((mode de vie)))’” during London Fashion Week. The performance took place in front of the Tate Modern during the Burberry A/W 19/20 runway show.

For her performances, artist Anaïs de Lÿs wears her painting-assemblage to illustrate her revolutionary vision that “Art is the new ‘mode (((de vie)))’”. This is a play on words; in French “mode” means fashion and mode de vie means way of life, lifestyle… Art should be part of our daily lives. This work detours and plays with the codes of clothing with which we cover our bodies. 

The history of dressing follows the evolution of civilisation: first as a protection from the elements, then as a shield for our psycho-sexual complexes. Later with fashion, clothing became an exterior representation of who we are in terms of our socio-economic status. “Fashion is obviously important, we all have to dress every morning, and art is meant to lift the human spirit”, says Anaïs de Lÿs. “I seek to go beyond materiality through the spirituality of art.” 

The artist also wears her painting as an unconventional way of exhibiting her work beyond the framework of a gallery or a museum. According to the artist, “I want art to be part of our everyday lives to take us out of our everyday lives.”

In an ironic twist, Anaïs de Lÿs describes her work as “contemporary art that you can’t wear”. Art has often been used to create fashion. In addition to wearing her art, she also goes in the other direction: the artist appropriates products from the world of fashion and re-contextualise them for the world of art. She often uses articles of clothing from her own wardrobe. It’s a way of up-cycling clothes that she might otherwise throw out, thus addressing ecological concerns about consumerism and the disposable society.

Anaïs de Lÿs was recently described as “the art world muse and the darling to the global art world elite.” A multidisciplinary artist, she creates paintings, assemblages, sculptures, installations and videos. Her work has already been acquired by some of the most important international collectors such as Beth Rudin DeWoody.


Contact / Request for interviews & Images: charleswhitney@anaisdelys.com
Instagram: @iamanaisdelys

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communique - october 2018

Prodigious Artist Anaïs de Lÿs creates “contemporary art that you can't wear” …

Her studio looks like a cross between that of an artist and an atelier de couture. Her works appropriates materials of fashion and clothing that she decomposes, reconstructs or transforms… You’ve probably seen her at the Centre Pompidou during Paris Fashion Week or outside of the Met Ball in New York wearing her predominately red painted canvas, but maybe you didn’t realise that it was a work of performance art! With these performances, Anaïs de Lÿs illustrates her revolutionary vision: “art is the new ‘mode ((( de vie )))’” as written in her deconstructed poetic style.

For her new series “UN) (DRESSED” Anaïs de Lÿs uses iconic items from well known brands such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Off-White as supports. She decomposes and transforms these articles of clothing to create “fusions”, as she calls her various types of assemblages often using her signature red thread. Shoes, bags and other accessories become works of sculpture. The white classic pleated skirt is one of her preferred item. Sometimes she simply frames it with minimum modifications, reminiscent of a Duchamp readymade. http://anaisdelys.com/undressed

The decomposition, transformation and reconstruction in her works are metaphors to her own life story. Born into an aristocratic French family that should have offered her a privileged life, instead she was ripped apart by the complexities of her family situation. Escaping the turbulence of that life she built her own since the age of 14. Anaïs is an atypical rebel and a contemporary romantic. She is a nomad and an open-minded cosmopolitan.

Anaïs de Lÿs is known for her performance art work during which she only wears her canvases. Following her performances, the canvases are placed on modified dress-forms to create sculptural installations. Her performance works detour and play with the codes of clothing with which we cover our bodies. It reconsiders clothing as protection from the elements, as a shield for our psychosexual complexes and as an exterior representation of social status. Through the physical act of wearing only her canvas, she puts herself at risk. According to the artist: “This exposure is a perfect representation of both my fragility and force. The act is at the level of the audacity required for a woman to take her place in the world today.”

In an ironic twist Anaïs de Lÿs describes her work as “contemporary art that you can’t wear”. According to the artist, “Art has often been appropriated to create fashion. I take products from the world of fashion and appropriate them for the world of art. Sometimes I even use an article of clothing inspired by the work of an artist, such as the Mondrian dress by Yves St. Laurent. I re-contextualise this Mondrian dress within art. I bring another dimension to the materiality of clothing.” She transcends it to the spirituality of art.

At only 23 years old, artist Anaïs de Lÿs was recently described as “the art world muse and the darling to the global art world elite.” She creates paintings, performances, sculptures, installations and videos. Her work has already been acquired by some of the most important international collectors such as Beth Rudin DeWoody.


Contact / Request for interviews & Images: charleswhitney@anaisdelys.com
Site: https://anaisdelys.com
Instagram: @iamanaisdelys

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