PB Project: Les lueurs du vide
NOV 5th - DEC 17th, 2022
Online exhibition of Mathilde Lestiboudois for her PB Project : Les Lueurs du Vide
Oscillating between the art of landscape and that of architecture, Mathilde Lestiboudois’ painting invents places, a whole new world that we can admire. Far from the traditional scenes of unbridled nature, the space here is purified to the extreme. The landscapes are cold and open to infinity, with only a horizon line and the glow of a star that rises or sets indifferently. Much more than a show that seduces its audience, the painted landscapes impose themselves as a metaphor for the harmony or disorder of society.
A few everyday objects, a chair, a table, white sheets – all evocative of a human presence – are carefully arranged and surrounded by incomplete architectural elements. Columns, round arches, staircases or doors leading nowhere are Mathilde Lestiboudois’ obsessions. We are in front of her paintings as we are in front of a show, sitting in a theatre, waiting for the actors or at the end of a performance.
Imbued with references to the architecture of both ancient Greece and modern Spain, the paintings exude a magical and enigmatic aura. It is this suspended atmosphere that allows for an almost therapeutic projection: some see harmonious spaces creating a feeling of serenity while others perceive the emptiness of the composition with anxiety.
The spaces Mathilde Lestiboudois transports us to tend to upset our certainties. She proposes a completely different experience: that of solitude, strolling and personal introspection. The accuracy of the volumes, the precision of the perspective and the chromatic tranquillity give the impression that time has stopped, that reality has been frozen by the painter’s vision. Through this static figurative order, one seeks to penetrate the intimacy of things offered to the everyday and yet never conquered.
Mathilde Lestiboudois graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Jean-Michel Alberola. She also studied at the Universitäte der Kunst, Berlin in 2016. In 2021, she was an artist in residence of the Casa Velasquez.