CATHERINE WILKENING

Many years ago, Catherine Wilkening felt the need to place her hands in soil, in organic matter. This feeling imposed itself on her and became something of vital importance. She works by smelling, kneading, crumpling, smashing, and clawing the matter until it is formed.

Clay is a living material that demands attention, a particular listening to, it’s her guide in their union; just her fingers, no tools between the material and the artist, a fight with bare hands, a fierce and wild battle... She looks for flaws, she flirts with danger and explores the ultimate point of junction and balance. This is the moment when everything changes, where the accident springs forth, when the encounter occurs, which gives life to the creation, when the clay asserts itself. A sculpture is born.

Seven years ago, she discovered porcelain and with it, a desire to find softness in her works. At this moment, she decided to place the monsters with tortured forms sprung from a fight with raw material aside, and to confront this new medium, its purity, and its delicate nature. Magic happened, and Wilkening understood very quickly that the only way for this material to take shape is to give it love and patience. Her method would not work with violence, but with tranquility.

Life is impermanent, we never cease to be reborn, to be no longer, someone we have not yet become...

EXPOSITIONS :

2019
Année Ophélia, group exhibition, Axelle Gaussen Gallery, La Rochelle, France.
2018
Exhibition, Ibugallery, Paris, France.
Exhibition, HOMA, Lisbon, Portugal.
Group exhibition, Les flâneries d’Aix en Provence, Aix en Provence, France.
Exhibition, La galerie d’Art, Lyon, France.
2017
Parcours d’une vorace, exhibition, Vivienne Art Gallery, Paris, France.
Group exhibition, Suspenso, Lisbon, Portugal. 
2016
Le Blanc, group exhibition, Caroline Tresca, Paris Gallery, France.
Art Stage, gallerie YenakArt Villa, Singapour, Singapour.
Nature, group exhibition, Caroline Tresca Gallery, Paris, France.
2015
Exhibition, Caroline Tresca Gallery, Paris, France.
Exhibition, YenakArt Villa Gallery, Bangkok, Thaïlande.