Biography of Caroline NOTTE

Based in Brussels, Caroline Notté (CN) has always been moved by the engaging scenes and atmospheres she encounters around the world. An avid traveller and adventurer, her work captures these experiences to create astonishment and kindle aspirations.

After graduating at the Academy of Arts in Brussels, CN complemented her studies with a degree in Architecture at La Cambre in Brussels, achieving the highest distinction. She was endorsed to write her thesis at the University of Seville, providing her with one of her first glimpses into a world in constant movement.

With an artistic background and specialised in the first of the arts – Architecture – CN then chose to enhance her CV as a complete all-round artist with training in Photography in New-York.

Escaping the usual constraints of any single discipline, this multi-facetted approach has shaped her free-style attitude to work.

CN assembles images, materials, stories and impressions as roadmaps that define her distinctive language. This specific tone and character is then translated into environments as varied as a hotel, a fashion boutique, an office, a house, etc.

In an ever-changing world, where time becomes material but always bound to disappear, CN seeks to capture the moment, to fix the image and its surrounding decor. Through the eyes of an Architect, these snapshots aim to restore a scene’s timelessness and allow its print to be remembered by current and future generations.

She is always keen to create astonishment through her artworks, dismissing the dreary sensation of “déjà vu”. When representing cities and landscape, she goes beyond the reproduction of the abstract beauty of nature and its kaleidoscope of colours, attempting to make her own way between fiction, documentary and imagination.

CN creates work that tastefully surprises, magnifying the unique and leaving a trail. She takes interest in the essential, the framework and the basic elements of things.

Caroline Notté and her brother Phil Akashi worked in 2013 on a new serie "Kill Biie". 

In this serie, the two artists question the evolution and the future of women in today’s societies. Through images that are optimistic, powerful, and symbolic, the duo Akashi-Notté raises the fair sex to a pinnacle considering the Woman as an indispensable element linked to the survival of man.

Using the icon “Barbie doll” and going beyond the doll’s cosmetic aspect, the duo amaze by their dramatic, aesthetic and ferocious approach. For each composition, the artists used second hand dolls found in street markets and they handcrafted custom clothes. To add symbols of emancipation and resistance, the dolls are « sealed » with Chinese characters. The imprints appeared like tattoos and are an allusion to Phil Akashi's visual signature. Branded like cattle, the Barbie dolls cut loose, provoke and put up a fight.

While some women are still in search of a fundamental  freedom, others take their cause to the point of losing their identity. In a wild society constantly asking for more, Akashi-Notté present the women as  "superwomen". The Woman is the key driving force of our society. Everlasting, the modern Woman is immortal... "Doll never dies."

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Born in 1977 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

Artworks by Caroline NOTTE









Exhibitions and Publications

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014   Kill Biie: Evolution of the Superwoman around the world, Spot U Art Gallery (Brussels, BE)

2014   Derrick Industrial Building - Kill Biie, Doll Never Dies series, Hong Kong 

2012  The White Darkness Antarctica @Christian Liaigre (Brussels, BE)

2011  Wonder World @ Duque & Pirson (Brussels, BE)

2007  I Love Zoute @ Marconi Water Tower (Brussels, BE)

2005  BXL 1X @ Tour & Taxis (Brussels, BE)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016  Matières, Spot U Art (Brussels, BE) 

2016  Confluence, Spot U Art (Knokke, BE) 

2016  Into the Wild, Spot U Art (Brussels, BE) 

2015 L'art pour l'Accueil, Hangar 18 (Brussels, BE) 

2014 Spot U art, Ancienne Quincaillerie van AA (Brussels, BE) 

2014  Up-Site Tour with Spot U Art gallery (Brussels, BE)

2011 Truc Troc @ Bozar, collective exhibition (Brussels, BE)

2009  Face of the Earth @ Galerie Jean (Megeve, BE)

2008  Quel avenir pour le futur ? @ Foyer Luxembourg (Brussels, BE)

2008  Truc Troc @ Bozar, collective exhibition (Brussels, BE)

2008  Label, collective exhibition (Brussels, BE)

2008  I can resist everything except temptation @ Artemptation (Brussels, BE)

2006  Pure White Kilimanjaro @ Berko Gallery (Brussels, BE)

2005  Traffic Jam in Manhattan @ Young Gallery (Brussels, BE)

2004  The world of cashmere @ Scotland (Brussels, BE)