Born in 1971, in Fontenay aux roses, France
lives and works in the South of France




Exhibition "A la lueur", Galerie Kamila Regent
« chambre avec vue » résidence d'art et d'écriture, Saignon




text writen by Pascal Thevenet, autor


To pierce the essential of a photograph or to fix a sculpture in space destabilises the presumed autonomy of a work of art. Autonomy, you ask? When Estelle Jourdain embroiders one of her images, one must acknowledge that she needs to bring something more. When she suspends one of her three-dimensional works, it is evident that something extra has been added.

Jacques Rancière describes the essence of contemporary art thus: “The autonomy of a work of art is none other than the name of its heteronomy.” In other words, the extra which brings more is characteristic of the very foundation of the ontology of art today. Art alienates itself. The project is changed fundamentally through the action of the artist who conceived it.

Art is in need of the artist. Art that acknowledges the artist brings us closer to real autonomy when facing reality. The act of recognising that art needs the artist confronts the dogma which says that art has the capacity to reveal reality as it is, if we can profit from art without needing it. Do we need reality?

The work of Estelle Jourdain reminds us that a work of art is an object of which we are in need. And thus, because her artworks confirm their heteronomy, it reminds us that we are and will always be subjects, with all of our capability for self-reflection and self-construction.






The link - and so the separation is the main thread of my progress.

Spaces meet there, limits are defined there, points of contact are revealed there, tension is drawn there.

In abeyance, a hint of balance... a space in its own right, be it a volume, a crossing, a superimposition or a melting, a fusion.

This "in between" is one where opposites can meet, a void, an emptiness where everything can happen.

Via sculpture and photography, I question space while experimenting with it.

I split it up, I isolate and refine it. These fragments of space are then joined to perceive what's at stake "in between", what enables the existence of One and the Other.

Estelle Jourdain




Au delà de la fragilité


by Christine Blanchet art historian and art commissioner