Showcasing a series of skilfully elaborated artworks, French artist Cyril Carret presents the tension which crosses our human condition whilst delivering the concept of ‘what doesn’t make you free, protects you!”

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

The “CELLULE” series presented at the Charbon Art-Space in Aberdeen, Hong Kong reveals a portrait of naked bodies with their faces embedded within restrictive masks.

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

“Cellule,” which translates to “cell” in English, explores the concept of imprisonment yet represents the essential elemental component of all living things.

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

Illustrating his quest for freedom, Carret adorns his nude models in intricate masks constructed from recycled computer keyboards to electric resistance pieces. With friends often donating their artistic instruments, the talented artist begins his dialogue with the materials transforming “vulgar objects into beautiful jewellery.”

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

With a vivid end result fiercely set in mind, Cyril embraces the art of experimentation and becomes engrossed in the world of material production until his masterpiece is completed.

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

Driven by the pursual of freedom from the way we are imprisoned by our daily lives, the French artist delivers a gradient of strength and demeanour of rough. The abstract keyboard headpiece constructed from wires, keys, and fine cables acts as filter to “enclose yourself within the world of tech.” The finer details completely conceal the face, leaving the imagination to explore who lies behind it.

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

Produced as a result of the glue gun tool, the abstract jellyfish-like headpiece is constructed from thousands of vigilantly placed glue drops. The captivating art form in entirely unique due to its art of construction, emphasising its meaning and honouring specialised artisan.

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

The haunting objects appear surreal, trapping the nude models within the world of wearable art.

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

Inspired by an Arabic wedding mask, the abstruse object relays the ideology of “protection that plays against you.” The raw materials that compile the exotic pattern are diligently handcrafted with no apparent sequential order, highlighting the French artists clear vision of his desired end product.

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

Through photos, sculpture, video, and choreography, the exploration of desire and imprisonment marks one of the talented artists most ambitious shows yet.

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

When questioned what advice to give emerging artists, the Frenchman modestly claimed;

“Always be curious, never shy away from your ideas.”

Cyril Carret | Cellule | Charbon Art Space | Photography by Hausie

With special thanks to Cyril Carret for his time and artistic inspirations.

“Cellule” runs from March 10-April 30 at Charbon Art Space, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.