White01, an experience of trauma

Here is a little article on the painting white01 on Niume blog/ section Art



"White01, an experience of trauma


I’m a French born artist. I currently live and works in Savannah, Ga.

Trauma takes its residency in the body and attaches itself to the nerves, muscles and settles deeply into the brain and skin. Living with trauma is living with a body that remembers pain, shakes and fears.

 The multilayered works never shows a complete and fine representation and let arise the feeling of fragility. I use the inability to communicate the pain of trauma to create painfully beautiful images. Painting has been a dialogue with my uncertainty, connection to my soul and ultimately connection with the outside world. "

Fresh! 2016 show review.


July 27, 2016





JanKossen Contemporary’s annual summer show FRESH! has now reached its’ 4 week mark since its opening, and experts and the public have given us ample feedback about the works exhibited. Our opening vernissage which took place on July 7th was a huge success with over 150 people coming through. The crowd included the artists’ friends and family, passerby, and select invited guests who were either speculating, congratulating, or simply just browsing the fresh talents present in the show.

We have invited a group of professionals from within the art world such as gallerists and curators to visit the exhibition and provide feedback and criticism for these emerging talents. Among them was Jessica Porter from Porter Contemporary located in both Chelsea and Flatiron. She showed interest in Jason Bryant, Neven Zoricic, and Zachary Williams’ portraits. Previously a JanKossen staff member, junior curator Sherri Littlefield who now works extensively with pop up galleries around the New York City area; was engrossed in Colleen Fitzgerald, Aniko Safran, and Roman Traexler’s eye-catching pieces. Journalist and writer and account manager, Neha Jambhekar from Artnet News was drawn to Axelle Kieffer, Clay Jordan,and Nina Sumarac’s to be her top picks. We also asked our friendly neighbors to join in with their insights. Chelsea Ramirez, gallery assistant at Denise Bibro Gallery was impressed by the works of Christopher Owen Nelson, Byungkwan Kim, and Melonie Mulkey. Lastly, for an alternative and fresh viewpoint, we welcomed art and design expert, architect Jee Won Kim for his top three picks, resulting in the selection for Maxwell Emcays, Jack Rosenberg, and Jasmin Edelbrunner’s pieces.

In a more intimate yet casual light, there was an overwhelming praise for Clay Jordan and Melonie Mulkey’s pieces from the staff and visitors to the gallery. JanKossen’s sales associatesAdel Wong, as well as current and previous interns Dohie KimCooper Lovano, and Jordan Choptovy were fascinated by the intricate abstraction of the figure in Mulkey’s photograph as well as the tasteful simplicity of Jordan’s work. JanKossen Gallery Director Jasmin Kossenjanswas also particularly impressed by Axelle Kieffer, Neven Zoricic, and Jasmin Edelbrunner’s works.

Overall, it is safe to say that Melonie Mulkey’s work has gotten an astounding amount of acclamation from both our experts as well as the general public, along with Clay Jordan’s and Jasmin Edelbrunner’s pieces.

On Art and Aesthetics

Got a nice article on Art and Aesthetics blog.

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Born and raised in France, Axelle Kieffer – currently based in Savannah, Georgia, US – is dedicated to depicting the experience of trauma, the complexity of the human anatomy and the mysteriousness of nature. The University of Strasbourg alumna – who mainly works through paintings, drawings and collages – was able to develop an artistic consciousness early as a child due to the influence of her painter grandfather. As of now, Axelle has exhibited her work in Europe and the US. Her work can be found in private collections in France, Belgium, Britain, in New York City and Los Angeles.

She admires the output of Francis Bacon, Egon Schiele, Max Ernst, Vladimir Veličković, Laurence Demaison and Marina Abramovic. Several literary and cinematic figures also are a big source of inspiration – Dostoevsky, Henry Miller, David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock.

Many of Axelle’s works are raw and formless and foggy, even frightening. “Trauma wreaks havoc in the soul and in the body,” she says. “It takes residency and attaches itself to the nerves, muscles and settles deeply into the brain and skin.” She has herself, she confesses, lived through a state of mental and physical exhaustion. “The confusion of feelings isolated me from the world. My thoughts were impaired and I found it impossible to express myself. Studies show that during a traumatic event, the brain skips verbal communication and leaves one with no voice to reach the outside world. As an artist, I’m working on how to show the alteration that an identity goes through after trauma. How to represent it? How to paint it? I find myself working more and more on self portraits. While they are not photographic representations, these self-portraits are expressions of my inner-self and experiences. Layer after layer, a fragmented identity surfaces on the canvas. The colour palette of my paintings have drastically from dark tones to lighter, earthier ones, especially since my move to the US. The change is noticeable. Now, often, white invades the canvas, white as grief, white as a blank page, white as a new beginning.”

Axelle enjoys wandering through flea markets and collecting old illustrations and photographs. She cuts paper from medical books and pastes them directly onto photos to show what is inside outside. “I choose the pieces carefully, paying attention to the scale, the shape and the colour before putting everything together. The parts cut by the scalpel cover the image and reveal a new meaning in the manner of a palimpsest.”

“Painting and collaging have been a dialogue with my uncertainties. They connect me to my soul and ultimately, connect me with the outside world.”

Fresh ! exhibition catalogue

Here is the link for the catalogue of the show Fresh! at Jankossen Art Gallery NYC



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