Inside the Studio

Eliane Saheurs creates works in conversation with earth forces and synergy

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

My work revolves around earth forces. They remain ambiguous, and engage me in a perpetual search of achieving synergy. The furors of geological forces inside the earth’s crust create new organic and geometric forms, as well as intricate spaces. Geometrical relics of crystal symmetry emerge; volcanic eruption, weathering and fragmenting transform the rocks and minerals into new structures. Vivid colors arise from layers of oxidations and erosion. Through the creative process, new mysterious spaces emerge, and landscapes of unconsciousness appear and reflect every nuance of one’s being in the moment.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Put your head down and work!

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

I mostly listen to music when I start a painting. But, as the work takes shape, I prefer silence as I have to be very critical of my decisions when I reduce or add details, or when I modify one color to find the perfect hue and tone.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

It would be a work by Picasso.

Who are your favorite artists?

Picasso, Matisse, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Gerhard Richter, and Anselm Kiefer.

About the Author

Katherine Henning is Senior Associate Curator at Saatchi Art. Need help finding art? Contact her via our free Art Advisory service here.