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Born in 1971, and a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art(s) de Paris-Cergy, Hélène Michel draws her inspiration from Art History, revisiting the great masters of painting, appropriating their styles and certain details or fragments of paintings in order to create pictorial interactions by mixing classical painting with the formal and contemporary play of new compositions.
Her work questions painting in the literal and figurative sense as a constant reference to codes. Its questioning is based on the representation of the different genres and how they can still survive over time. She approaches the notion of the gaze through the idea of pretence, plays with framing, assembly and juxtaposition of paintings as a punctuation of writings and formats. What interests her is to confront images, to handle contrasts.
There is pastiche and diversion that the artist invites us to look at, she establishes a dialogue between past and present in order to share with us this iconographic, technical and graphic mixture. It is a figurative painting that gives a particular place to graphic design or the punctuation of writing and which takes on its full meaning in interpretation.