How to make a monstrous clay paw after your manicure with Naomi Gilon
Two people talking:
Person 1: Hey! Have you seen the new video posted on Sajetta?
Person 2: No. What is that ?
1: It’s a project of the young Belgian artist Naomi Gilon. In which she stages the realization of a monster paw in clay after putting false nails.
In general, she’s working on the issue of hybridization.
With monstrous paws combined with other elements such as the work Picnic with the Wolf presented in 2019 in the gallery Like a little disaster.
2: I don’t know his work. His universe seems crazy to me!
And in her video what did she mix ?
1: I think the artist wanted to question history and combine it with his current work which questions popular culture a lot.
2: The image of the monster is also mythology.
1: Yes, but I was thinking about the history of nails. We can see a mirror effect, a kind of parallel between his own hand and the clay paw which has nails almost similar to his own.
2: We can also think of Nail Art which arouses a lot of interest.
I have lots of videos of this on my Facebook news feed or on Youtube. I wonder every time how people manage to wear such long nails!
1: I think Naomi wanted to show us that it’s above all a logic of adaptation. Like, for example, a person who becomes disabled, she relearns a new gesture.
2: They want to maybe have claws like animals, except that for them it is a defense. Today, we no longer need to fight with claws, we have found more effective methods. (ironic laugh)
1: The era in which we live greatly facilitates this kind of transformation of the body, mainly for aesthetic purposes. It’s pageantry.
Naomi allows us to dig into the past to understand the birth of wearing long nails.
Apparently, this comes from Asia and the goal was to display social rank; it showed that the person wasn’t doing manual labor.
2: And Nail Art is the same thing?
1: No. Nail Art comes from the 13th century among the Incas. Men and women painted their nails to pay homage to their gods. And in the twentieth century we see a boom in this art in Japan and Korea before becoming globalized and detached from any religious purpose.
2: I really need to watch this video !
1: You can even learn how to make a clay paw. She uses a rather playful aspect, as if it were a tutorial with comments and advice. Probably to highlight accessible appearance. Participate in the demystification of the artwork.