chaussette b. is a pseudonym for a Hong Kong based visual artist.
Born in France, she worked professionally in the fashion industry in Paris and Hong Kong for 15 years before deciding to explore all the things she always wanted to experiment with, whether driving a truck, wood working, brazing metal...
This exploration process led to an unexpected breakthrough in 2016 whereby she picked up the camera for the first time.
Nude and Portrait photography became a portal into which she took her first steps as an artist.
Her paintography process is the combination of a large score of photographs, captured in her studio with nearby objects, textures, her body, orchestrated digitally. Emerging from her joy to transform objects, she found an unlimited playground to tell her stories by adding and combining elements taken from life and the material world.
Her first bodies of work ‘ Cliché’ ‘Moles I’, ‘Moles II’, ‘Variation en miroir’ and ‘Proud of
her’ were all completed in this way and the outcome plays between fashion
photography and surrealist painting.
After a frozen shoulder in 2019 she had to stop using her camera and computer which would go on to transform her artwork from paintography to multi-disciplinary mixed- media works, even moving into sculpture. Starting from 2020 the series ‘Moles III’, ‘My alcohol diary’ ‘Dear Axa claims department officer’ and ‘Neuroplasticity’ see fiber, bamboo, ropes, textile, scraps and other tactile materials introduced. The act of reusing and translating what is around her echoes the paintography process in physical form, putting aside the use of the camera and computer and moving away from the pictorial.
Layers of meaning and personal stories are inter-woven into each and every piece: a
white string becomes a symbol for sobriety, a lamp a symbole of a mole, a doctor’s face
is hidden in a work about her ongoing skin condition, and household waste such as
receipts and dried fruit are crafted into a kinetic mobile symbolising neurons aimed at
healing. At the heart of it, art has therapeutic power both for the artist and the viewer.
She has discovered that dialogue generated from sharing the trauma that stimulated the
work allows for learning and distance to be taken from it, whilst opening a space for
people to connect with their own humanity.
chaussette b. had 11 solo, duo and group exhibitions in Hong Kong and Taiwan since 2018. She has presented a nude portraits exhibition and a paintography serie ‘ cliché’ at the Sense 99 in 2018. She was a selected artist for Le French May arts festival with her solo exhibition ‘Proud of her’ in 2018, had duo exhibitions with glass artist Christophe Dénoux in Hong Kong and at Art Taipei in Taiwan, and had 2 solo shows with her serie ‘Moles 1’ in 2019. In 2020, as part of Le French May she had a duo exhibition ‘Variation en miroir’ with pop surrealist artist Anne-Kristin Vaudour. In 2021 she was a selected artist for HK’s Inter-island Festival and Cheung Chau Wave Festival, she also showcased her solo exhibition ‘Fooling my brain’ in her studio on Cheung Chau island. In 2022 she is a selected artist for Le French May arts festival with her solo exhibition ‘Sans brume’ and is part of the Children of the Mekong exhibition at La Galerie 1839 in Hong Kong.