Caroline Le Méhauté
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- From 10am to 6pm daily
Born in Toulouse in 1982, Caroline Le Méhauté lives and works in Brussels.
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions including : Whitehouse Gallery (Lovenjoel), La Médiatine (Brussels), The Elemental (Palm Springs, California), Block T (Dublin), Postfuhramt Ouest (Berlin), Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture, Spazio Testoni (Bologna), Musée National du Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou).
She was awarded the Marie-Louise-Jacques Foundation Prize 2022, the Carré sur Seine Prize 2021 and the Art [ ] Collector Prize 2020.
Négociation 109 - Croître en Silence (Negotiation 109 - Growing in Silence)
As part of the Capture #2 exhibition to be held at Le Pavillon from 23 September 2023 to 14 January 2024
“Caroline Le Méhauté works in a variety of media, including drawing, video, sculpture and installation. In particular, she has created a series of sculptures and installations using earth, more specifically a variety of peat that has never been cultivated by man. For the artist, earth is a living, evolving, changing material with its own dynamic. The title Négociation is given to each of her sculptures as a metaphor for a relationship with the world that must be constantly questioned and renewed. Each of his works can be seen as part of a poetic of the earth through which we amplify our sensitivity to the earth element as one of the sources of life.
Negotiation 109 – Growing in Silence takes the form of an obelisk with a wooden core and a peat body.
What does this negotiation tell us ? It is perhaps worth remembering that in ancient Egypt the obelisk represented a ray of sunlight. Peat, on the other hand, is pure carbon created over a long period of time, geologically speaking, through photosynthesis. I like to see this work as a metaphor for the force of elan contained in the earth, which is the alliance of life between minerals, plants and animals. The force of slenderness could be considered the alpha of life. But why in silence ? Absolute silence, i.e. the absence of any audible sound, is pure fantasy. Relative silence, the absence of undesirable sounds, is mostly inaccessible to us in the urbanised, mechanised landscape of the earth. The human experience of the desert is the closest we can come to the music of the origins of life. Silence here is perhaps the call to be silent so that we can once again hear the symphony of life.”
Exhibition curator Fondation Laccolade