Romane De Watteville: Every Me

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Open: Tue, Fri 10am-6.30pm, Wed, Thu, Sat 10am-6pm

Avenue Louis-Ruchonnet 6, 1003, Lausanne, Switzerland
Open: Tue, Fri 10am-6.30pm, Wed, Thu, Sat 10am-6pm


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Romane De Watteville: Every Me

Lausanne

Romane De Watteville: Every Me
to Sat 19 Feb 2022
Tue, Fri 10am-6.30pm, Wed, Thu, Sat 10am-6pm

Fabienne Levy presents the first solo show of Romane de Watteville.

Artworks

... And Everything in Between, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
160 x 520 cm overall, 1: 160 x 100 cm, 2: 160 x 320 cm, 3: 160 x 100 cm

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Motel by the Shore, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
180 x 150 cm

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Have we Met?, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm

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Cherry Cheree, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
100 x 90 cm

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Italo Duo, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
130 x 100 cm

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Another Weekend, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 cm

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Mirror Duo, 2019

Acrylic on canvas
140 x 100 cm

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Suitable for Work, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 cm

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This could be us, but you playing, 2018

Acrylic on canvas
140 x 100 cm

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The Green Door, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 cm

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Lonesome Glam, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm

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Arezzo Love, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
190 x 240 cm

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The Purple Door, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 cm

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Garden Masquerade, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 cm

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Moonlight, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
190 x 120 cm

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Bedroom Tourists, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
140 x 100 cm

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Stray Here with You, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
180 x 150 cm

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The Blue Door, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 cm

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Just Can't Get Enough, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
140 x 100 cm

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Romane de Watteville, Fabienne Levy Gallery, 2021

Romane de Watteville, Fabienne Levy Gallery, 2021

Romane de Watteville, Fabienne Levy Gallery, 2021

Romane de Watteville, Fabienne Levy Gallery, 2021

Romane de Watteville, Fabienne Levy Gallery, 2021

Romane de Watteville, Fabienne Levy Gallery, 2021

Romane de Watteville, Fabienne Levy Gallery, 2021

Romane de Watteville, Fabienne Levy Gallery, 2021

To observe bodies as one looked at still lifes in the 17th century. Romane’s work makes us reflect on the role of our body in a society more and more marked by voyeurism. The materials intermingle with the beings in a game of hide-and- seek that reveals the artist’s interest in cinema and its intrigues.

Text by Samuel Gross:

“Romane de Watteville must be a painter, obviously. Her works are impregnated with the fragile delicacy of the intimate. There seems to be no doubt that the pictorial practice is closely mixed with her life. The artist paints moments captured on her cell phone. These canvases are gorged with the altered taste of reality passed through the filter of the screen capture. These women’s legs must be hers, these hands, these feet. Painting becomes the obvious modality of a mirror projection, as if being a young woman artist should also serve to thwart the very definition of the model. Romane must be a painter and obviously a model. It cannot be otherwise today. The question is no longer there.

On very different formats, she unties what she gives us to see of her and of the others, of which we are. She stretches between her and us a grey veil. We have to admit to being put in the slightly uncomfortable position of a voyeur. Canvas after canvas we are confronted with our common obsession to think that freedom is acquired to the point of being able to enjoy our lives. But the delicately muted chromatic range of her works keeps us at a distance. The sensuality of these sketches is clearly no longer intended for us. The artist makes us feel a complex. We are no longer here, and it is obvious, part of life. We can only try to possess the intensity of a complex sketch.

If painting is a ghost, Romane uses a register that reminds us that its surface is smooth and its framing sharp. She melts the planes and flattens the perspectives. Everything is diluted and entwined from one edge of the canvas to the other. The young woman remains the faceless center of the network of desires and sensuality that she builds. With these obliterated self-portraits, the artist speaks to us of our faceless selves, of our bodies that we would so much like to be able to melt into the dream spaces that our capacity for projection offers us.

In short, even protected by a bundle of pictorial and cultural references, Romane de Watteville repeats to us, not without seduction, that our bodies contain with difficulty the exhilarating diversity of our desires.”

Romane de Watteville (1993, Lausanne). She lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Romane graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in Fine Arts, from ECAL, University of Art and Design Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. Between 2012 and 2016, she studied and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Film History, from the University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.

She has participated in numerous exhibitions such as Art021 Art Fair, with Fabienne Levy, Shanghai, China (2021); Liste Art fair, Solo booth with Ciaccia Levi, Basel, Switzerland (2021); Plattform21, Masi Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland (2021) ; ECAL Art et Design, Espace Graffenried, Aigle, Switzerland (2021); Duna Bianca, Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, Germany (2020); Observer of the techniques, WallRiss, Fribourg, Switzerland (2019); Portraits, ESPACE 2. 4, Studio SML, Lausanne, Switzerland (2018); Oyster, Collection BCV x ECAL, Formation center BCV, Lausanne, Switzerland (2018).

Romane was awarded the Ernest Manganel Prize by the Fondation Ernest Manganel for her diploma project in 2020.

Courtesy of the Artist and Fabienne Levy © Neige Sanchez


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