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A study in Sandrine
“The art in a woman, the art of a woman. The girl, the other girl, the man, the monsters and flowers – pretty spaces, empty places, shadowed dimensions. The algorithm sorts it. The hands record it. In between is Sandrine.”
By David Everitt- Carlson
Anthropomorphism abounds. A jester’s face on a bird, leaves as hands, whales as arms, a boat full of fish. The hands and feet of the doberman. It’s all backward in some way but again strangely harmonious. Beautiful. And these are just the drawings. Hundreds. Maybe thousands. And in between is Sandrine – Fine artist, illustrator, VJ, sculptor, salon host, social motivator, business owner. Human. Sandrine was born in Montpellier, France, the daughter of Vietnamese parents, of one whose father had been adopted by a Frenchman during the days of Indochine. In 1993 she commenced her education at École Pilote Internationale d’Art et de Recherche - Villa Arson and received her Diplôme National d’arts Plastiques. In 1997 she continued on to the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Art, in Vietnam and immediately realized that she was regarded as different. “My Vietnamese wasn’t very good”, she says, and the decision was made by the school that she should study alone and not with the other students. “I felt the school was not comfortable with a foreign student interacting so closely with the Vietnamese students”, she continues. In 1999 she returns to France to finish her advanced degree, now a full international student. From there her work and reputation would travel to San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore and back to France and Vietnam in both collective and solo exhibitions that would span drawing, painting, light sculpture, plastics, digital installations and much more. Frankly, the scope, scale and sheer volume of work she has been involved with over the last 10 years is staggering – and to meet her, one comes to realize that inside the calm is an absolute storm. We shared coffee in her small garden in Ho Chi Minh City last week so she could elucidate on all
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the work and its reoccurring themes. And forget a conversation of artistic criticism that bends post-modern sensibilities with neoclassical foundations representing true emotional departures in iconoclastic fashion. Simple words like enigmatic and imaginative describe Llouquet and her work much better. And businesslike is also a fair description. She speaks in measured non-fantastic tones and espouses a love for Lewis Carroll and his Alice in Wonderland, a world in which the familiar continuously shape-shifts into the imagery she so tenderly crafts. A little girl caresses a territorial beast. Watercolor drips and flows and morphs against jetblack, confusing positive and negative space. There is always a second world to what one thought they were viewing in the first place. Look longer. See more. Ask fewer questions. Get better answers. Explore. Again. Her “Complex of the Glass Frog” exhibition at Gallery Quynh in Saigon earlier this year explored the dichotomy that the human condition held both breathtaking
beauty and spectacular ugliness in one hand – as one can see the frog as a frog yet see all the working organs inside at the same time. But it was not an exhibition about frogs at all. Her work with Mogas Station shows her in context with an artists collective, whilst the VJ group, JetLag, puts her and electronics in the spotlight. A new collective, Wonderful District, seeks to bring all her disparate elements together but like adding yet one more piece of wood to the fire, may only succeed in sparking them all further apart. The way it was meant to be? Or just how it is. That world of contrast. The studies of Sandrine. Sandrine Lloquet is represented by Galerie Quynh www.galeriequynh.com and Bui Gallery www.thebuigallery.com. She can also be found as Director of TumTumTree Illustration agency at www.tumtumtree.com. n
David Everitt- Carlson is a multiple New York Art Directors Show and Clio winner who now resides in Vietnam. David currently works in marketing and writes the blog The Wild Wild East Dailies. wildwildeastdailies. blogspot.com.
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