Inspired by literature such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses, cinema as in Melville’s Les Enfants Terribles and the culture of radio, Hélène Delprat’s work explores the questions of recording, memory, identity and travel. Through a daily practice which includes techniques such as painting, photography, archive, video and drawing, Delprat develops a body of work filled with self-derision. She equally humors the idea of death as a funny, monstrous, outrageous and melancholic event. Fundamentally Delprat’s works comes to function as a sort of Book of Hours, where fiction and documentary intertwine, being simultaneously dark and sensitive.
Hélène Delprat (b. 1957, Amiens, France) lives and works in Paris. She has a current solo exhibition at la maison rouge, Paris. Previous exhibitions include Musée Gustave Moreau, Paris; Jeu de Paume, Paris; the Hors Pistes Festival at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Galerie C3, New York; Maison des Arts Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne; Musée de Belfort, Belfort; Orangerie du Musée, Limoges; Centre d’Art, Montreuil; Institut Français and Parc de la Ciutadela, Barcelona; and Centre d’arts Contemporain, Istres.