Claudine Drai is a visual artist who defines herself as a “sculptor of language”. She figures the deep-seated emotions that are hidden in each of us, bringing out the substance that reflects them best as to make them exist, thereby allowing us to see the invisible.
Through her gestures out of crumpled paper or streaks of paint sketching human figures, through her pencil-lead imprints on silk and her realms of olfactory experience, Claudine Drai manages to invent worlds and to create an outline of space. For example, in her installations such as Goutte d’air (Drop of Air) at the Town Hall of the 18th arrondissement in Paris (during the 2006 Nuit Blanche), and Instant poète (Poet moment) within FI’ART 2009 at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, or her everlasting triptych at Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (2006-2007), Drai takes mind and body on a journey to places that are travelled through like stories that bring us closer to our inner selves.
Claudine Drai’s work creates echoes between spatial, sculptural, visual and olfactory worlds that reinvent themselves in relation to each other, whether real or emotional, engendering a creation that only the artist can, like a poet, express with words, those of the intimate feeling that binds us to others and re-emerges through her works.