Many years ago, Catherine Wilkening felt the need to put her hands in the soil, in this organic matter. This feeling imposed itself on her and became vital. She works it sniffing, kneading, crumpling, smashing, clawing the matter until the form comes out.
The clay is a living material dictating its own laws, which demands attention, a particular listening, it’s her guide in their union; just her fingers, no tools between it and the artist, a fight with bare hands, a fierce and wild battle creating a balance game, she look for the flaw, she flirt with the danger, she explore the junction point, the ultimate point of balance, the moment when everything changes, where the accident springs forth, when the encounter occurs, which gives life, when the clay asserts itself and imposes itself in the creation. Sculpture is born.
7 years ago, it’s the meeting with the porcelain, the desire to reach more softness in the works attracts the artist. Leaving aside the monsters with tortured forms sprung from a fight with raw material, she decided to confront herself with the whiteness, this new medium, its purity and its extreme fineness. The magic happens, very quickly Catherine Wilkening understand that the only way for this clay to take shape is to give it love and patience. Her appeasement will not pass by violence, but by tranquility.
Since life is impermanence, since we never cease to be born, to be no longer, not yet to be.
Recent exhibitions :
2018 – Ibugallery in Paris – solo exhibition
2018 – HOMA in Lisbon – solo exhibition
2018 – Les Flâneries d’Aix en Provence – group exhibition
2018 – La Galerie d’Art à Lyon – solo exhibition
2017 – Vivienne Art Gallery in Paris – solo exhibition Parcours d’une vorace
2017 – Suspenso in Lisbon – group exhibition
2016 – Gallery Caroline Tresca in Paris – group exhibition le Blanc
2016 – Art Stage in Singapour with the gallery YenakArt Villa
2016 – Gallery Caroline Tresca in Paris – group exhibition Nature
2015 – Gallery Caroline Tresca in Paris
2015 – Gallery YenakArt Villa in Bangkok