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Anthropometric Self-Portrait by Amelie Chabannes – ArtWeLove

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Dear ArtWeLove enthusiasts,

Those of you who know me are well aware of my enthusiasm for the French Touch phenomenon in visual arts. Yes, just like their musical counterparts, the new generation of French artists rocks. And Brooklyn-based Amelie Chabannes is one of them.

Amelie’s art primarily deals with the notion of identity and its many layers. Through her drawings, paintings, video, and sculptures, she explores both the physical and psychological aspects of self.

With a background that extends from fine art to architecture, she uses unique materials and unexpected metaphors to challenge our current views of identity.

As a long-time French expatriate who’s embraced her new self in The Big Apple, I relate to her themes and the very personal touch she brings to them.

When we saw her work at Stephan Stoyanov gallery in the Lower East Side, we particularly loved her use of anthropometry, as well as her very own childhood drawings in her self-portraits.

Upon chatting further during our studio visit, we discovered an artist deeply influenced by Jungian psychoanalysis.

How do we become who we are? How are outside circumstances and perceptions influencing our sense of identity? How are the various layers of memories affecting who we are? What can we discover in our dreams?

Take a look at Anthropometric Self-Portrait and notice the precision of the lines, the sharpness of the grid, the softness of the watercolor, and the raw quality of these almost automatic childhood drawings.

Yes, there’s more to Amelie’s art than meets the eye. You’ll need both sides of your brain to fully grasp the vastness of her identity.

Now, think about your own sense of identity. And think again.

Laurence Lafforgue

Posted from Jon Cronin’s Stream Of Consciousness


Written by Jon Cronin

May 13, 2010 at 15:19

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