Ludmilla Balkis

B. 1981 DOMONT, FRANCE

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INSTALLATION VIEW, MONOCHROME SERIES, 2021, TEXTURED CERAMIC
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“UNTITLED”, MONOCHROME SERIES, 2021, TEXTURED CERAMIC
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“UNTITLED”, MONOCHROME SERIES, 2021, TEXTURED CERAMIC
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DETAIL, “UNTITLED”, MONOCHROME SERIES, 2021, TEXTURED CERAMIC
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INSTALLATION VIEW AT A MANO STUDIO, AUGUST 2021
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INSTALLATION VIEW, LAMP, SUMMER 2020
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Ludmilla Balkis

B. 1981 DOMONT, FRANCE

Ludmilla Balkis studied fashion and art history at the Studio Berçot school in Paris where she discovered her desire to redefine the relationship with the body in society.

She was a fashion designer for many years and worked at Céline in London with Phoebe Philo with an unequivocal devotion to minimalism. Her years at Céline were artistically enriching, yet the frantic pace of the collections made her question fundamental points such as consumerism, ecology and work ethics.

This change of approach led her to the more grounded reality of ceramics, and she began learning with Freya Bramble Carter in 2014 in London. Initially, she drew inspiration from Lucy Rie, Hans Coper and Jennifer Lee’s distinctive approaches. Returning to France in 2017, she was introduced to the Japanese approach to clay by a French ceramicist who had studied and worked in Japan. Here her work began to be informed by the aesthetic of “wabi-sabi,” embracing simplicity and irregularity.

Continuing her search for a more profound connection to the fundamentals, Balkis settled in the Basque Country in the south-west of France – a place of raw, natural splendor. Deepening her connection with the Japanese approach, she began studying under the great tea master Rizü Takahashi. Rizü had kilns in both the Japanese cities of Bizen and Mino, and became known for his distinctive work in both styles. He built an anagama kiln in France, where he teaches his technique and philosophy based on the interrelationship of earth and fire, and the existential pleasure of restraint.

More than ever, soil and a contact with the earth and nature is at the heart of Balkis’ endeavor, and her voluntary search for imperfection remains a continuous one.

Balkis has exhibited in galleries in Paris, Biarritz and the Centre Culturel of Vaucresson.
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