Geology of Memory
Hélène Le Chatelier
13 – 18 Feb 2021, 12 – 6pm
Hélène is a French artist based in Singapore and has been here for the past 10 years. She has experimented with various form of expressions in art such as painting, sculpture, video, installation and also writing. The artist will attempt to create a mixed-media installation that will explore the geology of our memory. The geology of memory are inspired by 3-D maps, mountains and relief, abstract landscapes or seascapes.
About the Artist(s)
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 embraced various modes of expression (painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, writing).
Best known for her ink bodyscapes and her works with paper engaging writing and abstract landscapes, Hélène studies the influence of memory and social context on our intimate space. 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. It also questions our interconnected link with nature and the reciprocal influence between humans and their environment.
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, the fragility and the liquid aspect (elusive, leaking, escaping, unstable) of human bonds even with oneself as well as with nature. 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.
Her work entered the MaGMA collection, the NPE collection, the Thaillywood / Taittinger Foundation collection as well as numerous private collections across Europe and Asia.
Her public art installation has been selected for SEA Focus 2019, a STPI project at Gillman Barracks, Singapore.
She also recently started La Disparition, an Art and Science project conducted in collaboration with the Mechano-Biology Institute of Singapore / CNRS to question the concept of disappearance.
Hélène has been invited to be an artist-in-residence at NPE Print Residency, Singapore (April to June 2017) and at Thaillywood Contemporary Art Residency, Thailand (September 2015 to March 2016).
Her solo exhibitions include Unspoken Truths (2019), Ronewa Art Projects, Thaïland, Beyond the Surface (2017), Intersections, Singapore; Naked Memories, Intimacy (2015), White Space, Bangkok, Thailand; Naked memories (2014), Intersections, Singapore.
Her recent group exhibitions include Here, Somewhere, totally else... (2018-19) in collaboration with FUJIFILM, Singapore; Fiction of Precision (2017), curated by Euginia Tan, Art Galleries Association of Singapore; Flash of Memory, Memory Lapse (2017), La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand; Archives of the Discarded (2016), 5th Singapore International Photography Festival; The Broken Shreds of us (2016), STPI, Singapore; Into internal Landscapes, Dreamscapes, Form Space Atelier, Seattle and White Box, New York, USA (...)
Hélène has spent a great deal of time in France and in Ireland. She currently lives and works in Singapore. Her work has been showcased in Singapore, Bangkok, Paris, Seattle and New-York.