Fondation CAB Brussels is pleased to present its 23rd artist-in-residence, Agathe Bertin (b.1995, Saint-Brieuc, France) who has won the Fondation CAB 2022 prize that rewards a graduate student from La Cambre.
Agathe Bertin uses clay as the main medium of her practice, questioning its relationship with architecture, the elements of construction and surfaces, and the treatment of colour. Her projects question the tensions between built and natural landscapes, the empirical transformations that give shape to materials and the relationship to the time of construction.
After studying interior architecture and scenography at the École Duperré in Paris, she turned to ceramics. Initially studying for a DMA in craft ceramics in Paris, she continued her studies at the ceramics department of the École de la Cambre in Brussels. After graduating with a master’s degree in June 2022, her project Affleurements, État des lieux d’un territoire, questions the movements of materials that make up the volumes of a territory. Based on the collection of sand and clay, impressions and casts from Brittany, her sculptures in sandstone and plaster freeze some of the fragments that make up this world, where full and empty evoke the flows of the landscape, the actions of humans and time.
During this residency, Agathe will create a sandstone tile mural in a range of sand and clay-based coatings. She will also develop research around mouldings in the Brussels landscape, mixing plaster work and installations in compressed raw earth.