’Into Internal Landscapes, Dreamscapes’ : Works on Paper by Hélène Le Chatelier + Uten Mahamid
Form/Space Atelier, Seattle, USA
25 July – 12 October, 2016
Into Internal Landscapes, Dreamscapes… by Hélène Le Chatelier and Uten Mahamid portrays our inner geographies, the landscapes we walk along when we sink in our inner world. Beyond the visible surface, appear hidden continents, lands, unknown stretches of water, skies and cloudy formations we may or may not be aware of. Shaped by the passage of time and events in our lives, these Internal Landscapes reveal our inner feelings, fragilities and strengths, dark and bright sides of us, as well as how we have been going through our existence.
Meeting during their residency program at Thaillywood Artist Residency, French artist Hélène Le Chatelier and Thai artist Uten Mahamid interrogate their inner worlds and the idea of carrying personal internal landscapes. Both protean artists (writers and painters), but coming from different backgrounds and cultures, both using Ink technique but in a very different way, and with no prior conversation regarding their intention, they arrive and converged to an intimate meeting point in their work, giving the impression of viewing two sides of a same coin. One side is feminine, the other is masculine. One is softer, the other more tormented. One process uses natural products, the other uses chemicals. But the result is amazingly close and, as such, question ourselves about proximity, cultures, differences, resemblances, and what slips from us with or without control. As such and immediately, the concept of the “Other” and our relationship with this “Other” is consequently in question: what makes us close, intimate or not ? Are we sure that the ones we feel so close, for so many evident cultural or social aspects, is really the ones we are close to ?
Without going further, we see how many concepts these questions carry within themselves regarding transcultural notions, offering a wide field to explore, inviting us to rethink our relationship with our environment and people surrounding us, considering them with a fairly new eye.