Axelle Kieffer

Au Seuil de l’Oubli I
handcut collage; 2019

Axelle Kieffer
Savannah, Georgia, USA


Often, my collages are the vehicle of eye experiments in body modification. Making traditional handmade collages is weirdly to me closed to our modern science, closed a laboratory genetic manipulation. I scalp and paste together anatomic pieces to create exquisite corpses. The scalpel cut pieces cover the image and thus reveal a new meaning at the manner of a palimpsest. Covering, hiding, assembling the pieces create new combinations. The collage breaks our vision of a known body. The making of these grotesque hybrids open new possibilities. When collage usually reduces the image to a layered pasted image, here the collage seems to aim to create a new world concealing art, anatomy and poetry.


Born and raised in France, Axelle currently lives and works in Savannah, Georgia.

Her artistic process began as a child while watching her grandfather painting. This experience, with the smell of turpentine forever anchored in her genes, Axelle started to draw and experiment with different artistic medias. More than anything, she loved to make things.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Strasbourg, Axelle began her postgraduate work studying the painted poems, called logograms, by Belgian artist Christian Dotremont, founder of the CoBrA art movement. This research brought her closer to the visual art world, and reawakened her artistic passion. She left academia behind and embraced the career of an artist.

Axelle has exhibited her work in Europe and in the USA. Her work can be found in private collections in France, Belgium, Great Britain (Taubman/Tolkien family), New York City, and Los Angeles.

She is also the recipient of an Honorable Mention Award for her collage Medusa and finalist for the International Contemporary Upcoming Artists Fomenar Prize 2016.


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Au Seuil de l’Oubli II
handcut collage; 2019
Au Seuil de l’Oubli III
handcut collage; 2019
Rushing Through Life
handcut collage; 2019
Rushing Through Life 2
handcut collage; 2019