Dorothée Selz

1946 | Paris, France
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French sculptor and painter.

Born to a family of art enthusiasts, Dorothée Selz married the Catalan artist Antoni Miralda in the late 1960s, and the pair would work together until 1972. In 1967, the couple sent their friends Christmas cards showing the Infant Jesus made out of marzipan and wrapped in a plastic sheath; this creation would mark the beginning of a lifelong exploration of food and eating habits. As an extension of the Eat Art movement, the artist made “edible temporary sculptures” that consisted of bizarre objects, urban landscapes, and monumental sculptures combining visual, gustatory, and festive elements. In 1970, she organised a four-coloured meal during which each guest was invited to eat a monochrome dish in blue, red, yellow, and green. With her husband and Catalan artists Joan Rabascall and Jaume Xifra, she formed the “traiteurs-coloristes” group (colourist caterers) and created performances centred on food and meant to reactivate the social principles of sharing and exchanging.

After divorcing from Miralda in 1972, D. Selz focused more specifically on painting and drawing. A close ally of the feminist movement, she became one of the founders of the group Femmes en lutte, in 1975. The movement was created in reaction to the Salon de l’Union des femmes peintres et sculpteurs, which they deemed too normative, and fought for equal rights for artists and workers. In 1978, she curated the exhibition Sucre d’art at the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, for which she selected folk art from Latin America, Asia, and Europe, as well as patisserie masterpieces, outsider art, and pieces from the Daniel Spoerri collection. In 1980, she took part in the L’Attrape-Tripes festival in Chalon-sur-Saône. In 1991, she created a 40-metre-long “coloured edible mural” for the galerie nationale du Jeu de paume. “The main point of these sculptures is to nourish the invisible”, she has explained. Since the 2000s, D. Selz has focused predominantly on painting and series of drawings based on vintage printed pictures: Batman, Sputnik, war imagery and schoolbooks.

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Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Table, 1987, wood table, grillage, plaster, cement, acrylic painting, plate, glass, bottle, 180 x 120 x 80 cm, © Rights reserved, Pierre Bérenger, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Pains colorés, 1967 for Miralda-Selz Traiteurs-coloristes, Cérémonials performances, © Photo: Antoni Miralda, Dorothée Selz, D.R., Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz and Antoni Miralda, Traiteurs coloristes, 1971, poster for Eat Art Galerie of Daniel Spoerri, Düsseldorf, Germany, 29 x 22 cm, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Femme Panthère, Série Mimétisme relatif, 1973, dyptich, photographs of calendar with Pin-up Girls, acrylic painting and cement on wood, 35.5 x 60 cm © Photo: D.R., Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Arc-en-ciel, 1974, ephemeral edible sculpture, pastry, plastic figure, 90 x 70 cm, © Magazine « 100 Idées », Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Manière de faire le sucre filé, Série Gouffé, 1990-1994, from illustrations by E. Ronjat in Le Livre de Pâtisserie de Jules Gouffé, Paris 1873, rework photograph, paper, wood base, cement, acrylic painting, 200 x 170 cm, © Rights reserved, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Homme de dos, Série Hommes, 1999-2018, from an erotic photograph, rework photograph smoothed on wood, paper, cement, acrylic painting, 22 x 16 cm, © Photo: Christophe Dellière, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Trois arches, 2005, installation of edible sculptures, expanded polystyrene, painting, fruits, cut vegetales, local candies, variables dimensions, exhibition Ni Che Le Ma ? Quoi de neuf ? Imagine Gallery, Beijing, © Photo: Romain Martenet-Cuidet, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Ligne incohérente, 2008, short-lived edible sculptures, 5000 cm, expanded polystyrene, wood, sugar pastry, candies, sweet and salted foods, Castel of Pollenzo, Italy, © Photo: Romain Martenet-Cuidet, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Sculptures ovales, 2013, Palais de Tokyo, ephemeral edible sculptures, 5 perforate sculptures, expanded polystyrene, sugar pastry, sweet and salted foods, 300 x 700 x 2500 cm, © Photo: François Voisin, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Dessins on space, 2015, preliminary drawing for « The Pavilion », art center of the bank Unicredit, Milan, Italy, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

Dorothée Selz — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dorothée Selz, Antoni, Miralda, Joan Rabascall, Edible Performance, 2017, Venise Biennal, 800 x 140 x 200 cm, table, creation Jasmin Oezcebi (architect, designer), bases lacquered wood, sweet and salted foods (rice, pastas, vegetables, candied fruits), wines, fruits juices, water ; at the top, sculptures : polenta and red corn, blue bread, © Photo: Montse Guillen, Courtesy Dorothée Selz, © ADAGP, Paris

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