CECILE MEYNIER In a series of whimsical confections, a form-focused artist plays with ideas of appearance and disappearance, aesthetics and elegance, brutality and fragility, crafting surprising and creative variations on a sweet culinary theme. "The lavishly flowing marbled plaster rattles the Harcourt’s perfect geometry, bringing the subject where you least expect it." Cécile Meynier was born in 1978 in Besançon, France, graduating from L’Institut Superieur des Beaux-Arts de Besançon in 2001. French institutions support her work, as do alternative spaces, where she has had residencies both in France and abroad. In 2009, she co-founded an exhibition space called Toshiba House in Besançon, which opens at least eight exhibitions a year. Today, Meynier’s sculptures can be considered to be quite form-based, although they also address issues related to painting. Her central focus is on the fundamental question of the status of the work and on her desire to constantly thwart the traditions of art history. In her pieces, she oscillates between minimalism and baroque, ordinary and extraordinary. Between, one finds the signature Cécile Meynier gesture: the gap, the very light side step that makes the artist move from the real to the imaginary world of art.