Modern and Contemporary Art
These days on newspapers and social media, there is a lot of talk about why people are leaving their own country. The five of us are French and have lived in HK for some time. Our perception of HK is very personal and comes from our personal background. Why am I here? What am I looking for? When we arrive in a different country with so different rules and habits, we have to adapt to the Game of Life. So what are our emotions, our attitude? Are we winning something or losing? These are all we want to show through our artworks.
“I have always believed that art is the true and only expression of ourselves, the world and the life we live. It is an experience away from the codified and the limits of our standard communication. Art and specifically painting (in my case) is my way of sending a message to the people around me, trying always to transmit feelings and emotions without barriers, presenting to my audience the freedom of infinite interpretations.
I have always been inspired by art. Having lived in Italy, France and Australia – people, faces, streets, life, markets, shapes and moments in time, every place has a different story to tell. Since moving to Hong Kong from Australia, it was clear to me that it was time to get the paint brushes out and let my mind draw my story of Hong Kong. This city inspires me every day: the sounds, colours, smells, words and images. There is always something happening.
My parents are originally from France, but I was born and raised in Milan, Italy. I remained there until I was 18 years old. I then moved to Paris and began my studies at Ateliers Met de Peninghen and later graduated from Ecole de Communication Visuelle (ECV) in graphic design and illustration.
After that, I lived in different countries and experienced different jobs but I have always kept my secret garden in my art”.
Raphaele de Broissia
Born in 1985, Raphaële de Broissia studied both Textile Design in the Françoise Conte school and Fine Arts in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (ENSBA) in Paris. Her inspiration stems from her studying patterns, materials and colors in textile design school as well as from the teachers she chose in ENSBA: English sculptor Richard Deacon for three years and French painter Jean-Michel Alberola for two years.
After focusing on both sculpting and painting in school, she eventually turned to installation. Her work is deeply linked to each individual place she settles in, which she transforms using different media. Everyday materials, accumulations and the notion of metamorphosis are the key elements that influence her work. She uses nails, balloons, newspapers, masking tape, orange peel, books etc. giving them a new life and meaning in places where they somehow belong, but in an unnoticed or often trivial way.
She created an association after the ENSBA, In Fieri (latin for In progress), with ten other young artists. Every project she undertakes consists in her settling in peculiar places, such as the cellars of a castle, the courtyard of a convent, the banks of an underground river… and challenge herself to both respect the very identity of the location and transform it through artworks in a way that makes sense for the public.
The next place she intends to transform this way is Hong Kong, in which she relocated in September 2016 to follow her spouse and open to Asian art traditions and new endeavors.
Website : raphaeledebroissia.com
Charlotte de Charentenay
Graduated from the University of Lyon II in France with a BA in Art History in 1997. She first learned Sculpture at Les Beaux Arts during evening classes, which she took in parallel with her university studies. She furthered her education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 2011-12. A move to Hong Kong in 2013 brought the opportunity to discover the art of Ceramics with which Charlotte is particularly fascinated, especially the process of glazing. She was involved with The Sprouts Foundation programs to help children through art, by running weekly Ceramics workshops. Since August 2016 Charlotte lives and works in Singapore.
Charlotte sees Sculpture as the ability to put words on feelings or pictures on emotions, with smoothness, curves, fluidity and femininity all coming together to awaken senses. She finds her inspiration in human nature. Women are never more beautiful than when they dare to be themselves, or when they let their desires and emotions express themselves. This series of works, all shaped in clay, invites visitors to a sensual journey, offering to let the mind wander in the imaginative power of dreams or fantasies.
I started Sculpture in 2006 in Belgium and it was the beginning of something very important in my life. I stayed there for 2 years taking classes at the studio of Annabelle Hyvrier.
When I moved to Lisbon in Portugal in 2008, it was impossible to find sculpture classes so I discovered the art of Ceramic. For 6 years, I learnt different techniques and explored the techniques of glazing. At the same time, I studied at the Fine Art University of Lisbon.
In 2013, I moved back to Paris and worked at the Rrose Selavy studio for one year. I am now based in Hong Kong and work at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre.
I like mixing the techniques of Ceramic and Sculpture, creating tall figures with textures,colors and disproportion effects.
May 2016, I was part of a group exhibition as an associed projects in the VAC’s Exhibition Hall.
Nov-Dec 2016, Participation in the « 6th Taiwan International Gold Teapot Prizes Pottery Design competition and exhibition » . Finalist, my piece was showed at the exhibition at the New Taipeh City Yingge Ceramics Museum.
Nov 2016, teaching sculpture techniques during VAC workshops.
It is the kind of artworks I would like to exhibit during the French May… My emotions are expressed through colors,textures and special effects…