Hélène de Gottal

Born in 1963 - Belgium


From trait to matter.
From line to hair.
There's a whole universe that opens up?

The memory, the memories, traces, the spectrum and secrets are the center of the artistic approach of Hélène de Gottal.
Her research process started with drawings, and then she started to collect hair, accessories and to create new objects.

There are various haircuts, the hair can be shaved, lost or hidden, it is synonymous of fertility, sensuality or repulsion. The symbols connected to hair in science, history, literature and religion enrich the artist?s work.
The paper is the support of our collective as well as of our intimate memory.
The hair is the memory of our body, a genetic ID, the DNA.

The artist explores ancient and modern techniques such as Bruges lacework, crochet, felt, but also video.
She imagines a space between a lab and a curiosity cabinet, a reference to still life and to vanities.
Her work is a reflection on the human condition and its finitude through an aerial and light aesthetic, sometimes permanent and sometimes ephemeral.

Hélène de Gottal lives and works in Lasne, Belgium.

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Artiscope: « Women’s Roundabout », Brussels (Belgium)
Maison Particulière, « Voyages Intérieurs », Brussels (Belgium)
Musée du Grand Curtius: Exposition « Tapisseries Miniatures », Liège (Belgium)

Musée Jean Lurçat: 10ème Triennale Internationale des Mini-textiles, Angers (France)
Women´s Roundabout, Artiscope, Brussels (Belgium)
Domaine de la Lice: Lauréate ex æquo du concours « Tapisserie Miniatures », décembre 2012, prix décerné par la Ministre de la Culture

Triennale Internationale des Arts du Textile Contemporain de Tournai (France)
Villa Empain, Bruxelles, « Un Rêve d’Eternité » pour la Fondation Boghossian (Belgium)

Centre de la Tapisserie: Tournai, Travaux des boursiers des ateliers de recherche (France)

Trends 2000, Kunst maakt school, Sint-Barbaracollege, Gent (Belgium)

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