Hélène de Saint Lager French, b. 1957
Hélène de Saint Lager is a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre and holds a licence degree in art history. Her artistic career has included painting restoration, millinery creation, sculpture, casting, and metalwork.
By an atypical route, the artist-designer has created an original concept of cast metal: "random aluminium." Her talent was recognized by the celebrated interior designer Jacques Garcia, who then commissioned her on numerous and sometimes monumental works for his projects. Hélène develops the concept in installations, furniture, sculptures and jewellery.
Her furniture pieces display mesmerizing depth. Pools and pits where colored particles float like oversized confetti, layers of memories captured and displayed in an encompassing membrane.
Though she may be unaware of it, Hélène’s inclusion resin works bring the art of painting into sculpture and molding. Suspended shapes create three-dimensional pictures where material stuff escapes into the depths. Strewn particles float, sink, and spread in compositions that embrace randomness and celebrate the irresistible pull of the abyss.
Hélène is the first to confess to an uncontainable fascination with levels of depth. “For me, materials and sediment are veritable obsessions. I spread layer after layer of resin and toss lightweight materials on top—dollops, shavings, bits of holographic film. Time stops. I capture and freeze it in a limpid, limpid glaze.”
Hélène’s carpets have been shown at Artcurial (Pierre-Alain Challier); resin pieces at Galerie du Passage (Pierre Passebon); and “random aluminum” works (alualéatoires), at Arcturus (Anne de la Roussière).