Hélène Le Chatelier
Hélène Le Chatelier studied Art in Paris at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, Olivier de Serres, where she graduated in Fine Art Fresco painting with honours. Since her first exhibition in Paris right after her graduation, Hélène has embraced various modes of expression (painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, writing).
Hélène’s work questions all aspects of memory, the passage of time and the traces it leaves on our bodies and in our lives, as well as the marks we leave behind us. Interrogating the secret parts of ourselves, she explores a way to attempt reconciliation of our collective histories with our individual memories.
Best known for her ink bodyscapes and her works with paper engaging writing, Hélène studies the influence of memory and social context on our intimate and public spaces. Her polymorphic practice explores the influence of displacement on the way we construct/ deconstruct our identity, forced that we are to engage and to re-negotiate continuously with our individual and collective memory. In this age of migration and globalization overwhelmed by a constant flow of data, where human relationships are caught between our irreconcilable needs for both security and freedom, Le Chatelier’s work exposes the volatility and the fragility of human bonds, even with oneself.
She questions the paradox between the incongruity of language and the need to label and define the untold, the unsaid, the not represented here or the not represented yet. She talks about transition, movement, transformation, highlighting the representation of our indeterminate and transitional state as a constant of our human condition.
After living in France and Ireland, Hélène has been living and working in Singapore since 2010. Her work has entered places such as the MaGMA collection, numerous private and corporate collections accross Europe and Asia. It has been showcased in Singapore, Bangkok, Paris, Seattle and New-York.
Geology of Memory
The more we dig into our memory the more it looks like a mountain to climb...
This mural combines 2 original artworks by Hélène Le Chatelier:
Acrylic, charcoal and white chalk on cotton handmade paper Original artwork: 72.5 cm x 104 cm
Say it louder
Chinese Ink on Rice paper
Original artwork: 177 cm x 77 cm