Léa Barbazanges

Léa Barbazanges was born in 1985, and is a graduate of the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, the city where she lives and works. Her artwork has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions. She is a curious artist who gleans materials of mineral, vegetable or animal origin chosen for their elegance, delicacy and refinement to create her "organic assemblies". Graphics, interplay of lines, veins, ramifications, transparencies, brilliance and reflections, they emerge in the light, extraordinarily fragile, in precarious equilibrium and threatening to disappear when touched. Acts of observation and understanding, her assemblies are the product of patient, meticulous and rational gestures. She arranges the exact shaping of the material without any contrivance, going beyond its limits and releasing its invisible properties by simply experimenting with its characteristics.

MicaPenrose is a project developed by Léa Barbazanges with Sylvain Ravy, researcher at the CNRS, with the support of Diagonale Paris-Saclay, the Grand Est Region, and the expertise of Denis Gratias, member of the Academy of Sciences.

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By the same artist

MicaPenrose (2021)

MicaPenrose is a project that intimately links art and science, with scientific rigour and aesthetic refinement. It represents a quasicrystal with tiles made of a periodic crystal called mica, the mineral that sparkles in sand and pebbles.

The colours, which echo the palette of soap bubbles, are created by the optical properties of mica and change as you move around the work. When viewed from the side, the natural colour of the mineral appears. 

The pattern - a Penrose tiling - models the atomic structure of the aluminium alloy quasicrystal, the discovery of which overturned scientists' ideas of order in matter and was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The frame of MicaPenrose is itself made of aluminium alloy.

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Artistic intent

This attentive approach to reality invites modern viewers to reflect on how they see their environment and the extraordinary beauty of everyday life.

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Technical assistance: project developed with Sylvain Ravy, researcher at the CNRS, with the support of Diagonale Paris-Saclay, the Grand Est Region, and the expertise of Denis Gratias, co-discoverer of quasicrystals and member of the Academy of Sciences.