Born and raised in France from Algerian descent, visual artist, sculptor and social art practitioner Laftmonk (1973) did her master’s in visual arts and textile in France with additional studies in sculpture at Stanford University in the US. She spent a large part of her artistic career in the US before returning to France in 2018. She mixes complex geometrical textile webbing techniques with painting, photography and collage.
Laftmonk’s recent work focuses on the question of identity and social construction, a study she calls ID#, captivating a social psychological portrait of modern societies in the fast-paced stream of information. Her exploration takes an alternative shape between textile sculpture and painting, combining an imbricated mimesis and a constructive geometry while generating coinciding perspectives at the intersection of our realities. This results in subdued surrealistic psychological portraits clearly influenced by Francis Bacon as well as more colorful abstract images with streaks of street art and intricate textile sculptures and installations.
As a social art practitioner, Laftmonk has developed and adapted original and collaborative workshops and public practice with diverse communities and has been a visiting artist at universities and high schools, lectured and performed in major institutions such as the De Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and Global Health Equity Foundation for refugees in Bonn.
Laftmonk has exhibited her work internationally in renowned museums and galleries, amongst which the Museum of Art and Industry André-Diligent in France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, Massachusetts; Santa Fe Art institute, New Mexico; Blue Star Contemporary, Texas, and at The Old Mint, San Francisco CA. Her work can be found in private collections internationally including in Los Angeles, Washington, New York, San Francisco, London and Paris.