Kaēdin M. le Houelleur
Sculptor born in Vietnam to a French father and a Vietnamese mother, Kaēdin lives and works in Africa since her teenage years.
In the early 80’s, she began carving marble in Giorgio Angeli’s studio in Italy, with sculptor Isamu Noguchi. In 1985, she achieved “Oblation”, a 6 meters high Carrara marble sculpture, for the Cathedral in Abidjan.
Inspired by her life and travels in Africa, Kaēdin’s initial abstract works evolve gradually. From 1996, she devotes to nomadic « land art » and creates installations in natural surroundings on her extensive forays through wilderness, forests and villages in Africa, on the watch for signs these surroundings deliver to her.
Following the trail of Matsuo Bashô, her last creative journey has taken Kaēdin across north of Japon in 2007 and 2008, where she produced in situ more than 50 art installations inspired by haiku poetry.
Laureate for Africa in the art competition of World Expo 2000 Hanover with a 15 meters sculpture around the themes of “Man, Nature and technology”, she has also achieved numerous public and private commissions in bronze, marble, wood, brass, glass and other materials.
In 2003, the Tokyo Park Hotel commissioned her the monumental “Calao tree”, 800 original draws and several brasses, witnesses of the diversity of creation of this artist who has held numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and Japan.
Last exhibition: « Jeux de Mains » au Chanel Nexus Hall Tokyo ( september / october 2013 ).
Last work in progress: « Renaissance », the tree of the hands for Peace in Ivory Coast, a monument for the growth of which she is looking for donators.
Some books on Kaēdin’s work:
- « De sable d’eau et de sel » - parcours d’Abidjan ą Tombouctou en 1996 – aux Editions Adam Biro
- « Forźts secrŹtes – Secrets d’eau » parcours dans la Forźt de Taē , forźt primaire en Côte d’Ivoire – patrimoine de l’humanité – en 1999 – aux Editions Fages –
- « Kaēdin on the path of Bashô – Landart in Japan » - with the photographies of Uwe Ommer Editions Somogy - 2012 – in english, french and japanese .
Since 2009, Kaēdin opened a cultural foundation in Abidjan ( Ivory Coast), the « Villa Kaēdin », hosting artists and organizing exhibitions.