In this exhibition, Sophie Whettnall makes time stand still within a fragment of space, through a collection of works that creates a dialogue between landscape and light, between here and there, dynamic energy and serenity, dream and reality.

Sophie Whettnall’s work is an invitation to contemplation, from the Garden of the Pavillon de Vendôme Museum – where a work composed of shadows that seems to be emerging from the depths of the forest lends the landscape a strangely real character – to the interior spaces, where the installations give the viewer the impression of taking a stroll under a starry sky in broad daylight.

© Lydie Nesvadba
© Philippe de Gobert
© Philippe de Gobert

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Sophie Whettnall (BE)

Sophie Whettnall Born in 1973, lives and works in Brussels (Belgium). Sophie Whettnall is a multidisciplinary artist using video, performance, drawing and painting. Her works oscillate between elegance, sensuality and energy. Since the nineties, the work of Sophie Whettnall offers a reflection on the forces that define our relationship to the world around us, by materializing and documenting them. Sophie Whettnall focuses on light and analyses its presence and zones of absence and passage. The aesthetic pieces of the artist prove simultaneously sensitive and powerful, resting on a dialectic tension and attempt to instigate a relation between contradicting concepts and perceptions: between softness and sensuousness, yin and yang, women and men. Her work also contributes to a form of autobiographical project. Sophie Whettnall won the Young Belgian Painting prize in 1999. Her works has been exhibited at the 52th Venise Biennal (Italy) ; Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City) ; MAC’S, Site du Grand Hornu (Hornu) ; DOT. Project (London) ; Leal Rios Foundation (Barcelona) ; Centrale for Contemporary Art (Brussels) ; BOZAR (Brussels) ; Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães (Recife) ; CGAC (Santiago de Compostella) ; COAC (Barcelona) ; Vera Cortes Art Agency (Lisbon) ; Krinzinger Projekte (Vienna) ; L’Orangerie – Espace d’art contemporain (Bastogne) ; Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing).

Crédits & mentions

In coproduction with the Pavillon de Vendôme Museum, Aix-en-Provence.

Artworks : Black Dust, Les étoiles, Midnight sun.