Hélène Le Chatelier


Best known for her ink bodyscapes and her works with paper engaging writing and abstract landscapes, Hélène Le Chatelier studies the influence of memory and social context on our intimate space. Her polymorphic practice explores the influence of displacement on the way we construct and deconstruct our identity, and how we are forced that we are to engage and to re-negotiate continuously with our individual and collective memory. It also questions our interconnected link with nature and the reciprocal influence between humans and their environment. 

In this age of migration and globalization overwhelmed by a constant flow of data, where human relationships are caught between our irreconcilable needs for both security and freedom, Le Chatelier’s work exposes the volatility, the frailty and the liquid aspect (elusive, leaking, escaping, unstable) of human bonds even with oneself as well as with nature. She questions the paradox between the incongruity of language and the need to label and define the untold, the unsaid, the non-represented here or the yet-to-be-represented. In her work, she delves into transition, movement, transformation, highlighting the representation of our indeterminate and transitional state as a constant of our human condition.

Hélène Le Chatelier studied Art in Paris at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, Olivier de Serres, where she specialized and graduated in Fresco painting. Since her first painting exhibition in Paris in 1997 soon after her graduation, Hélène embraced various artistic modes of expression (painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, writing). Hélène has lived in France and Ireland, and she has been living and working in Singapore since 2010. Her work had been showcased in Singapore, Bangkok, Paris, Seattle, and New York.


LOCATION: SMU- Stamford Road

What will be left of us?

What will be left of us ?  is a community art project questioning our fundamental relationship between our inner self and  Nature. It has the ambition to raise awareness and to engage viewers to question themselves about environmental issues and to explore our interdependent bond with Nature.

During the past century, due to different factors, environmental issues became a general and global preoccupation. From chemicals to deforestation, from industrialization to pollution, humans became the prime movers, the instigators of today’s Nature movement. Each gesture has its impact on our environment and becomes the stigma of our globalized way of life.

No matter how much we love Nature or how much we want to protect it, during the past decades, we rapidly became the powerless architects of an infernal machine, the useless audience of a world in sharp decline, the amnesic viewers of what had yet defined us for centuries but that we seem to have forgotten: the relation of interdependence that binds us to nature.

What will be left of us ?  is the pendant photography series of Our Forest, a public art installation presented during SEA Focus 2019 at Gillman Barracks, Singapore. Questioning our fundamental relationship between our inner self and  Nature and our place in the world in this time of migration and globalization. This series is built after portraits of teennagers and children from various communities to emphasize the importance of this young generation for whom we should concentrate our efforts regarding environmental issues. They also represent the generation who will be in charge of the environmental challenges we will have to face in the coming years. As such, What will be left of us?  hopes to highlight the importance of the young generation for our planet’s future, and to engage the viewer to consider environmental challenges as an ultimate goal for the common good of humanity and for the future of this young generation, despite our cultural and social differences.

Past Work