French artist, YENTELE is first fascinated by Elsewhere, the Other…
After a DEA in Religions, a 3 year stay in Egypt and an aggregation in Arabic language, she returned to her artistic side – she is a musician – but above all with her cultural heritage.
Her craftsman’s maternal grandparents fled Poland in the 1930s. They then settled in Paris where they lived from the work of their hands.
Her grandmother, an embroiderer, to whom she was very close, was nicknamed Yentele or Yentl in Yiddish. It is therefore in honnor to her grandmother who so deeply imbued her with the culture of the Hand that the artist chose to take the name Yentele.
But it is much later, in the presence of antic fabrics, that her tactile memory is reactivated. In particular thanks to the contact of linen and hemp fibers, the almost roughness of the weave.
It is therefore a story of touch but also stories that spin, that disappear, that the artist Yentele proposes and fixes through her canvases.
This writing project was born out of the desire to give new life to old linen canvases marked by rust. Like a palimpsest (title of the current series), the black of the paint and the colour of the embroidery replace rust, which is fixed in the linen fibres, and write a new story. The gestures then draw straight lines, curves and the trace of the brush constitutes a new weft, where the embroidery comes to nestle. Yentele transports us into a moving universe where the viewer gets lost in the meandering details of the brush and thread. He almost enters into meditation thanks to this graphic plenitude.
Yentele also offers complete room layouts, where his continuous hangings become a new decor. She thus pushes the limits of the linen canvas: total art!
Yentele also transposes her technique to embroidered cushions, real unique pieces which are a great alternative for smaller budgets…
Born in January 1974, Yentele lives and works between Paris and the Charente. She has been presented by Galerie Chevalier since November 2019.