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Clémentine de Chabaneix, the Art of Blurring Boundaries

The works of Clémentine de Chabaneix all have the same quality: they systematically give the audience something they didn’t expect, and one look is never enough to exhaust their multi-faceted content. Their appeal is conveyed by very simple things: the apparent softness of enameled ceramics representing young girls with round wistful faces, or furry animals with whose pelts are linked, as in the case of bears, to stuffed toys from our childhoods. But boundaries are often blurry. First, between human and animal. When a young girl is not hiding behind a cat or a wolf mask, she carries a fox on her shoulder or a toad in her hand. And when the mask is not enough any more, she turns into a Chimaera with a donkey or a goat head. Second, between dream and reality. The Chimaera is one example of it, as well as the peaceful coexistence between wild animals and frail young girls. But there are many more, for the works of Clémentine de Chabaneix are peppered with dream references. In her sculptures, her characters ride pets, or use toads as a step, but this change in scale never takes the onlooker aback because of the dreamlike nature of the works. In her drawings, often somber, characters meet their doppelgangers, made of light and darkness, and isolated houses overlook ethereal landscapes where simple silhouettes cast oversized shadows. Finally, between the feelings of the onlookers, who, brought in by the softness of the works, keep looking because of their oddity and slightly out of place feel. More often than not, they have a hard time pinpointing their emotions in front of smooth eye-catching sculptures and mysterious drawings with their gothic-romantic atmosphere that are open to never ending interpretations. This is where their strength reside: the works of Clémentine de Chabaneix go along with any mood swing and the weather outside, but, more importantly, the weather inside.

Jean-Daniel Mohier

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Née en 1972 à Neuilly sur Seine, vit et travaille à Montreuil, France



À venir :
Domaine du Muy, Parc de sculptures contemporaines - France
Galerie Olivier Rousseau, Tours - France
Galerie Christine Colon, Liège - Belgique
Shapes of wonderland, Comptoir 102, Dubaï - Émirats arabes unis

2018
Solo show, Galerie Antonine Catzéflis, Paris - France
Animacopia, Galerie Carole Descombe, Los Angeles - USA
Galerie Olivier Rousseau, Tours - France
Vendredi 13, Galerie Club Sensible, Paris - France
Galerie Christine Colon, Liège - Belgique

2017
Galerie Picot-Le Roy, Morgat - France
Galerie Christine Colon, Liège - Belgique
Galerie Club Sensible, Paris - France
Galerie Antonine Catzeflis, Paris - France
Salon PAD (Paris Art Design), Paris - France
Trait pour trait, exposition collective de dessins, Galerie Olivier Rousseau, Tours - France


2016
Galerie Christine Colon, Liège - Belgique
Galerie Club Sensible, Paris - France
Céramiques, Galerie Antonine Catzeflis, Paris - France
Galerie Club Sensible, Paris - France
Salon PAD (Paris Art Design) Paris - France

2015
Galerie Christine Colon, Liège - Belgique
Galerie Antonine Catzeflis, Paris - France


2014
Au-delà de mes Rêves, Monastère Royal de Brou, Bourg en Bresse - France
Galerie Picot-Le Roy, Morgat - France


2013
Silent Circus, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome - Italie
Beyond my dreams, Galerie Mondapart, Boulogne-Billancourt - France
Art au Carré, Galerie Albane, Nantes - France


2012
Corps et âmes, Galerie la Passerelle, La Gacilly - France
Pop Surrealism - What a Wonderfool World, Musée Casa del Conte Vedre, Turin - Italie


2011
Dorothy Circus gallery, Rome - Italie
Galerie Dufay-Bonnet, Paris - France


2010
St-art, représentée par la Galerie Dufay-Bonnet, Strasbourg - France
Galerie Dufay-Bonnet, Paris - France
Chic-Art Fair, cité de la mode et du design, Galerie Dufay-Bonnet, Paris - France


2009
Réalisation d’accessoires pour la présentation des collections printemps-été Hermès
Conception de mobilier de scène pour la tournée 2009-2010 de -M- Les saisons de passage


2008
AAF-Paris, représentée par la Galerie Dufay-Bonnet, Paris - France


2007
Design et réalisation de personnages et décors pour le film d’animation : Quixote, which was a dream d’Hélène Mathon


2006
Galerie Imaginaire du Bon Marché, Paris - France


2005
Réalisation de sculptures pour l’exposition A la recherche du beau, Hermès.
Soirée nomade Fondation Cartier, Carte blanche à Marion Levy, installation de sculptures, Hôtel Lutétia

2004
Réalisation de sculptures pour l’exposition annuelle des grandes maisons de la porcelaine, Limoges - France
Galerie Béatrice Soulié, Paris - France