sleep is overrated

group show with
Heather Allen, Heike Baranowsky, Emmanuelle Castellan, Katharina Grosse, Ilona Kálnoky, Mark Le Ruez, Via Lewandowsky, Sophia Pompéry, Karin Sander, Salah Saouli, Karen Scheper, Veronika Witte, Jan Peter Zaugg, Georg Zey, in Kurt-Kurt, Berlin: from 28.08. until 13.10.2020

ghost’s writer painted, oil on canvas, 170 x 20 cm, 2020

recent works

august 2020

Le Manoir, centre d’art: Black Box

janvier-mars 2020

“somewhere between the sign
and the sunset”

Emmanuelle Castellan
Solo show ,
La Vigie, Nîmes, France

October 1 — November 15 2019

works on paper

October 2019

2018 Bar Babette, Berlin Photo © Katharina Kritzler, Berlin

”Often repeated or emerging through the gradient of pastel colors of the painting’s surface like “surviving images”, they set the clues of elusive narratives and ghost stories.”


Emmanuelle Castellan’s pictorial practice extends from a classical form of painting to three dimensional flat pictorial sculptures, and site-specific wall-painting environments. The artist finds her inspiration in a wide range of images found in postcards, magazines, old photographs, illustrations from the Internet — mainly rooted in popular culture — taken as such or recomposed. 

The artists repeat the image several times, before systematically effacing it and starting over. What remains from this process are residual elements, marks that eventually becomes the really subject of the painting. Often repeated or emerging through the gradient of pastel colors of the painting’s surface like “surviving images”, they set the clues of elusive narratives and ghost stories.