Choreographies of the perpetual dance of life.
After 15 years of successful Contemporary Art Jewellery, I decided 10 years ago to take it a step further and develop a body of work still inspired by the human body, but without the inherent functional aspect of jewellery.
At first, it was the movement as energy that interested me. From it came the Graphic Structures.
But slowly the human shape started to emerge, thanks to the drawings that I made.
Silhouettes on the move, in space or relating to each other.
Contemporary dance has been an important source of inspiration for its emphasis on the human daily movements and gestures of the body.
This is a text of 1996 by Pierre Bourdieu (French sociologist) that summarizes how I build space with the silhouettes:
The idea of difference is at the base of the very notion of space, that is, a set of distinct and coexisting positions which are exterior to one another and which are defined in relation to one another through relations of proximity, vicinity, or distance, as well as through order relations, such as above, below, or between.
Metal remains my favorite material for its flexibility and resilience, as well as the technical rigor involved. Shaping with my hands remains an important feature of how I work. It is the hands that give the material its meaning and emotion.
If you want to know more about my work please visit my blog at http://marielechat.blogs.lalibre.be/ .
Université Libre de Bruxelles: Art History Phd 1979
Institut Arts et Métiers Bruxelles Jewellery Techniques 1980-1983
Sir John Cass School of Arts London Metal Techniques 1985-1986
Rijksacademie Anderlecht Brussels Model drawing 1991-1995
Rijksacademie Anderlecht Brussels Photography 2002-2005
- - Getij Dingen, Koksijdem Belgium
- - Triennale Européenne du Bijou Contemporain, 2005, Belgique
- - "Diamant au Masculin", Musée du Diamant, 2004, Antwerp
- - Troisième Biennale du Bijou Contemporain, 2003, Nîmes, France
- - World Competition of Arts & Crafts Kanazawa 2001, Japan
- -"Silver 99", 1999, Poland
Many group exhibitions in Belgium and Europe since 1990