Collection: Céline Lyaudet: "Map of the Path" Solo Exhibition

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design is proud to present:

Map of the Path by Céline Lyaudet (France)

After many years as a Set Designer in the theatre, I started painting in response to some difficult and traumatic events in my life. I’m exploring the complexities of womanhood and my own personal experience as a human being, attempting to balance my unconscious visual response with the material world.

This body of work attempts to capture and map my interior landscape. I have Synesthesia, which means that neurologically, information meant to stimulate one of my senses stimulates several of my senses. This can also be described as an intertwining of senses, giving my perceptions of the world an added dimension. Colours and shapes often appear as sounds to me so when I’m painting every artwork has an accompanying soundtrack.

What started as an expression of my most intimate emotions has evolved into something akin to a meditation or a trance state where I allow the subconscious mind to determine the outcome of each work. The key consideration for me is to feel or inhabit the work without intellectual or critical intervention, channelling the organic, human, and animal forms that populate my oeuvre.

I exist in the contemporary world but I am seeking a lost connection to the primal, natural state that is devoid of critical thinking or theory.

Artists I repeatedly turn to include Ana Mendieta, Hilma af Klint, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Seraphine de Senlis, all of whom have a deep connection with the natural world and a lineage to ancient cultures. I feel a deep kinship with the work of primitive, unknown artists that expressed their creativity on the walls of caves or rock faces throughout the world.

“The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings, and with great force. I had no idea what the paintings were supposed to depict; nevertheless I worked swiftly and surely, without changing a single brush stroke.” ~Hilma af Klint

About the Artist:
Living in the Nantes area of western France, Céline Lyaudet was surrounded by art her whole life. She would watch her father, an artist as well, paint and sculpt from a young age. It came as no surprise that C. Lyaudet’s path naturally led to becoming an artist herself.

In 2002, C. Lyaudet graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Cornouaille in Quimper, France. (majoring in Set Design). But it wasn’t until 2020 where she could finally call herself an artist she has only just embarked on a new creative journey and she intends to embrace every aspect of it, without any limitations in practicing techniques or mediums and no obligations to limiting her art to a specific style. C. Lyaudet’s driving force is inspiration, experimentation, discovery and curiosity. 

Studying scenography and having a history in performing arts has influenced the composition of C. Lyaudet’s paintings. There’s movement and gesture in the subject, as if she is performing for the viewer. 

C. Lyaudet’s intricate ink wash technique involves washing and drying each layer of colour before moving onto the next. To create each layer, mediums vary from acrylics and watercolour inks to wood ashes, squid ink or indian ink.

Figurative-abstract paintings express a certain depth and emotion that steams from an unconscious imagery. Her creations question the definition of femininity: what about its symbols and how is it represented on both a personal scale and universally. These themes are conveyed through a vector of energy that are inspired by Nature and life forms. 

“Map of the Path” is C. Lyaudet’s debut solo exhibition.

Exhibition dates: February 4–March 12, 2022