Artist Focus: Yanne Kintgen

Artist Focus: Yanne Kintgen

from June 20, 2021

Fifteen years ago, we met Yanne Kintgen, an artist with a whimsical universe who never stops questioning her art and renewing her perspective. The result is a body of work that is eclectic in form, combining mediums of sculpture, embroidery, photography, painting and even video. However, her inspirations follow a coherent thread, as Yanne explores themes that overlap and connect: the solitude and interdependence of our souls. By multiplying techniques, she breaks away from routine and even went back to art school a few years ago to draw inspiration from her peers and the new generation of artists.

Yanne is greatly inspired by the writer Fernando Pessoa, who says that everything coexists. Through the interdependence of everything, everyone is alone and existentially linked to others. For her, this is an intensely lucid and accurate statement. Her inspiration also comes from Alain Resnais' film "My Uncle from America". She has also discovered the work of video artists such as Peter Campus, Pierrick Sorin, Tony Oursler and Philippe Ramette. "Initially, I made a video work in order to represent the different degrees of the "intranquil" man. Inspired by dioramas, I then created what I call video sculptures. In these kaleidoscopic spaces, a confrontation takes place between man and his double, or other subterfuge. The installations reinforce this idea of distance and confinement. At the same time, I am pursuing a series of photographs entitled "Suspended Time". This approach is performative and very contextual. A body at a standstill, isolated, this suspended character is like an anomaly. Distanced in different contexts like a strangeness, he only perceives an echo of his presence in the world. It is not a struggle to free himself from temporality, but to inscribe himself in it. "

Thus, her work is nourished by this painful acuity and this inability to connect with reality, with oneself, and with the world. Her character is in a way in its own chrysalis. "I would like to celebrate the praise of plasticity, i.e. life, and not the opposite, rigidity, i.e. death. Indeed, Nietzche, in speaking of the "plastic force" and of "making oneself", proposes to assimilate the past, to heal its wounds, and to face the uncertain through the power of metamorphosis. Through it, everything is possible. Based on the observation that nothing is permanent and that everything changes, it is preferable to rely on our potential for change. Worrying allows us not to stay stuck in false certainties.

See the works of Yanne Kintgen