Fabien de Chavanes

and Christine Mathieu

While we are in full digital revolution, Christine Mathieu and Fabien de Chavanes wonder about our origins:

– Christine Mathieu through the history of women: how they were able to transcend their condition through their creativity. By exploring the collections of several national museums in Lower and Upper Normandy, she was able to admire and then photograph norman women’s headdresses and needlepoint jewels: works by modest women who remained anonymous. These pieces of textiles are now listed in the French national heritage. « They are, for me, ordinary fairies, magicians of the everyday life, they have brought into their homes, through the perfection of their demanding practice, a taste for beauty, respect for the values ​​associated with creativity. (…) It seemed important to me to bring back into the contemporary artistic creation these testimonies of an intimate experience related to the history of the status of women. « 


– Fabien de Chavanes through the history of Man, of Man who becomes a sign, a measure of time. Fabien de Chavanes did a lot of work in reference to Leonardo da Vinci’s « The Man of Vitruvius ». The « Vitruvian Man » was intended to show, through science and art, the perfection of the human body and its link with architecture. The sketches show several poses in a single drawing to give the sensation of movement. Fabien represents four variations of a single choreography of a character dressed in white or black, inside a white cube. This cube becomes a frame. The body becomes a sign. The circle in which the « Vitruvian Man » is inscribed here is materialized by the path that the character inscribes on the ground in his movement. The body (sign) thus becomes a measure of time.

Through their works, our story appears like a score of music at several times. We end up hearing a song, a song from the past of millennia ago.