Laurence Jenkell, self-taught contemporary French artist, Laurence Jenkell (b. December 31, 1965), lives and works in Vallauris in the Alpes-Maritimes, France.
She has been creating medium- defying sculptures since the 1990’s. Implementing her signature “wrapping twist technique,” Jenkell is known for her vibrantly colored “wrapped” Candy sculptures. She creates larger than life pieces of candy in bright colors and varying sizes, completed in materials including bronze, plexiglass, aluminum and marble.
More than a medium, the candy interpreted by Laurence Jenkell became a language. Her works join in a thought and cultural process: the subject of the Candy allying simplicity and universality, and through candies flags an interrogation on the question of the identity of a nation.
The great freedom and the no less great determination with which Laurence Jenkell conducts her research, develops her themes and enriches her repertoire of forms, forces admiration and reveals an authentic artist's temperament. Candy remains the core of her creative identity but she cleverly explores all its possibilities. In only a decade her Candies (and their more or less direct versions, the iconic "Wrappings", ADN's, Robots, Butterflies...) have had an international success. Since she has been extending her "wrapping" and the idea of twist with other materials and forms such as the "Wrapping Fridge" and the "Jelly Wrap". Though the candy remains her favourite subject, her latest wrappings twists creations reflect on impending environmental issues like the exhaustion of the coffee growing lands, the proliferation of non-biodegradable disposable products and the poaching of endangered animals.
Laurence Jenkell's work is present in more than 25 countries. It is represented by numerous galleries and is part of important private, public and institutional collections.