Marie-Hélène Guelton moved from weaving to dyeing, reflecting on the material. The existing fabric, often cut into modules inherent to the technique, in silk but also in cotton, wool, pineapple or banana fibre, is pleated, folded, sewn or wrapped around a support before being bound and dyed. It then appears in a sober form, panel, volume or kimono, in order to highlight its composition. Even if the artist starts from a precise idea creating both volumes and colors in the same operation, she accepts and skillfully plays with the principle of randomness. The choice of a synthetic hue (gray-blues, browns, ocher) recalls natural dyes and contrasts with the original background.
Eloge du clair-obscur, de la transparence, éloge de la lenteur, du temps qui s'inscrit dans la trame du textile" translates to "Praise of chiaroscuro, transparency, praise of slowness, of time inscribed in the fabric's weave.
The light takes hold of Marie-Hélène Guelton's textiles, creating paintings with refined graphics and a deliberately reduced chromatic palette, where the initial framework opens up new perspectives.
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