Stéphane Thidet creates ordinary worlds in which something is always off-kilter. His works present his vision of reality, imbuing it with fiction and poetry. Drawing on everyday situations, he highlights the notion of instability in the face of the erosion by time and action that finally leads to their disappearance. His various creations are the result of a simple gesture which he applies to objects and situations. His work is both sculpture and installation.
Playing with natural components, Stéphane Thidet comes up with intensely poetic visions, immersing audiences in dreamlike worlds, where his imagination engages in subtle dialogue with those of the onlookers who contemplate them.
LES PIERRES QUI PLEURENT
Hanging by ropes from the Bee Barn’s ceiling, stones slowly drip-dry. Drop by drop, water falls on a powdered clay surface, crystallising a petrified halo.
THERE IS NO DARKNESS (IL N’EST PAS D’OBSCURITÉ)
The ground is covered with a liquid skin. Duckweed is spread across the surface. A warm light drifts slowly from an upturned glass bulb. Delicately, its motion tears the vegetable film, separating its tiny leaves and tracing a goalless pathway through them. A work that speaks to us of time, light and shadow in an endless pattern.
Born in Paris on 20 May 1974, Stéphane Thidet lives in his native city and works in Aubervilliers. He graduated from Rouen’s Higher School of Fine Arts in 1996 and from the National Higher School of Fine Arts in Paris in 2002, and has taught at Nantes’ Higher School of Art (volume and space) since January 2017.
He is represented by the Aline Vidal Gallery in Paris and the Laurence Bernard Gallery in Geneva.