Rym Karoui’s works and many of her figures, stripped of folksy sentimentalism, seem to embody the essence of this great continent, stirring in us the awareness of a shared sense of humanity. The cast in Rym’s dramas (complex, eccentric figures, beautifully executed) engages each other and the viewers to an unexpected intensity. This sensation is reinforced when she liberated and gives to her characters a three dimensional life force. On the top these spindly, thrill-seeking characters, her sculptural works are reassuringly plump and bold.
“My work is to deploy a procession of hybrid characters, extravagant, whimsical and fantastic that share a perpetual conflict of the forces of good and evil. I am certainly inspired by the world of cinema and science fiction, comic tales and games. I often see my sculptures as toys. My work is indeed an ongoing story where I tell myself and tell stories to others from another world. It is a perpetual quest for an intimate inner need that I release in my works. It is a kind of spontaneous writing. I try to reclaim a piece of reality by transforming the liking of the imagination”, said Rym.
- Rym Karoui, Femme enceinte I, 2015, 1:2, Resine, 100 x 45 x 40 cm