BIO

In various media, Céline Mathieu mingles linguistic and bodily sensibilities with an element of play. Often executed in temporary solid materials (from performance to plasticine sculptures), she is interested in what can not quite be pinpointed. Fluid modes of production (hypnosis), appropriations from the semi-scientific field and lightly unsettling electric machines, all attribute to a reading experience that is both conceptual and sensory.

The context in which the work is shown strongly directs her practice, which is emphasized by the way elements of display and textual components of the exhibition are incorporated as cohesive parts of the work. Recurring elements are a glass of water, a novel, plasticine, found electronic devices and tactile surfaces.

In the last year she has exhibited at AIR Antwerpen and Extra City in Antwerp, and at Home Session and La Virreina in Barcelona. The upcoming performance will take place at Vooruit in Ghent with Self Luminous Society

In collaboration with Christophe Clarijs, as Fellow Beings, she does editorial and graphic design of artist publications, editions, and exhibition printed matter. They work for the poets-in-residence at Jan van Eyck Academie, and recently became part of the editorial team of Tubelight, magazine for young art criticism in the Netherlands.

She was a participant of the writing program of Kunsthuis SYB and part of residency programs Bar Tool Barcelona (2019) and STRTkit Antwerp (2018). In 2019 Céline will be supported by Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

COLOPHON

Website design by Fellow Beings (Christophe Clarijs & Céline Mathieu). Photo documentation of works at Extra City by Chloë Delanghe.

CMMC

Her interest in (bodily) language and the instability of our rigid systems of knowledge and understanding, also form the basis of Céline Mathieu's performance practice in CMMC with Myrthe van der Mark.

CMMC performed at Trampoline gallery (/’haɪə en (nʊ)/, 2018), invited by Castlefield Gallery (Manchester, Performance Program, 2017), at off-fairs Poppositions (Brussels, 2015 & 2016), P/ART (Hamburg, 2015), Wo Meine Sonne Scheint (Rotterdam, 2014).

View the .pdf portfolio of CMMC

PERFORMER

Céline Mathieu performs her own work with CMMC, and performed pieces for and by other artists: Julian Hetzel / Schuldfabrik, Human Soap at CAMPO Ghent, Chantal Yzermans at De Grote Post Ostend, Haseeb Ahmed at Institute for Aerodynamics, Karina Beumer at Art Rotterdam and Base Alpha Gallery, Daniel Linehan Vita Activa at De Singel Antwerp, Hans Theys at De Singel Antwerp, Jonathan De Winter at AIR Antwerp and for Ulrike Quade Company as dancer performer and puppeteer in Finland, Czech Republic, Colombia, China, Chile, France, The Netherlands, ...
WRITER

Her essays, prose, and texts on art were recently published by ‘The Yellowpress Periodical’ of St Lucas Antwerp, Tubelight magazine #107, VICE, a.o. Since 2019 Céline has contributed to H ART magazine with a monthly FORMAT.

Selection of recent texts on art:

1. 'The encounter of pending thoughts and porous bodies' (ENG/NL), Tubelight magazine, on the work of Ben Cain and Jort van der Laan in residency at Kunsthuis SYB and King's College London

2. 'Ik Interstitium, Jij Interstitiumt' (NL), Triënnale Beetsterzwaag curated by Nikolaas Lekkerkerk and Julia Geerlings, on the work of Jason Hendrik Hansma, Müge Yilmaz and Toon Fibbe and Laura Wiedijk.

3. 'P R I T T' (NL), FORMAT, monthly H ART magazine series by Céline Mathieu, on the collage and precision in the work of Eva Vermeiren.

4. 'I’ve woven a lot of threads into this talk, haven’t I?', FORMAT, monthly H ART magazine series by Céline Mathieu, on the end of trampoline gallery, Simon Delobel and the work of Jean Katambayi Mukendi.

Other artistic/curatorial practices she has written about include that of: Sarah Jane Hoffmann, Aljaz Celarc, Tom Poelmans, Nadia Naveau, Michele Matyn, Nick Andrews, Bart Stolle, Karina Beumer, Geoffrey de Beer, Ruth Van Haren Noman, Remi Tamburini, Thomas Caron, Thomas Min, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe, Eva Donckers, Jeroen Bocken, Margarita Maximova, Stef Van Looveren, Illias Teirlinck, Rein De Wilde, Catherine Lemblé, Eva Donckers, Aurélie Bayad, Alison Yip, Rosie Heinrich among others.

Prose / autonomous pieces:

5. 'S Deeper', published on Statorec.org — American website for young fiction

6. 'Graphology', printed and published as part of An Ongena '148 days of printing' at Jan van Eyck Academie

image by André Smits for Artists of the World, 2019