Herveline Cremmer is a French-born artist completing a BA in Fine Art at Loughborough University (2017-20). She intends to pursue a Printmaking Masters at the Royal College of Art in the future, for which she was offered a place in 2020.

Herveline has been selling her work at Mardleybury Gallery, Datchworth since 2017. During her time at university, she has exhibited her work in various group shows and site-specific exhibitions. Her intaglio etching print ‘The Self’ won the John Purcell Paper Award in the Derby Open Print exhibition 2019.

Herveline is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

Based upon personal fears and internal conflicts, my practice is a contemporary expression of the Jungian shadow archetype inherent to the subconscious of the human psyche. Under the disciplines of digital-traditional printmaking and intuitive drawing, I combine the negative aesthetic categories of the uncanny and the grotesque with affect theory and affective embodiment to unmask this ‘other’ to the viewer.

Due to the emotional, irrational nature of the shadow, I endeavour to express high-intensity emotions of fear, anxiety, dread, terror, sorrow, anguish, and terror associated with Sigmund Freud’s uncanny.

Across my work, I merge the aesthetic criteria of the grotesque with the uncanny, resulting in a framework that dictates how I deform the human figure according to notions of ambiguity, materiality, representational imagery, and negative emotions. Visual styles and themes thus vary to correspond with the specificity of each medium: drawings and kitchen lithography are ‘portraits’ of emotions, whereas solar prints situate themselves at the unsettling intersection of the human and ‘monstrous’ shadow.

Adopting a minimalist approach to language, my work blurs the distinction between human and ‘other’, breaks down notions of self-identity and by resisting classification, invites the viewer to project their interpretation of the shadow onto the subjects.

Although my work is highly personal in its meaning and expression, I do so with the intention of producing a confrontational encounter between the exposed shadow and the viewer, where the act of viewing is a deeply disturbing and visceral experience. My practice relies on the affective power of the uncanny and grotesque to move the viewer beyond their subjective identity and into the subconscious shadow self.

 

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