Duchatelet's work focuses on thin, slight parts of the world. A light fading, a shadow stretching out, time running by and out, a passer-by appearing, a space revealing itself through time... If her mastering of
somehow heterogeneous materials is obvious (wood or plaster panels, screens...) it is nonetheless ephemerality which composes the corpus of the work. The piece, the place, the presence, the setting, the landscape and the light come together, offered as a whole.
Caroline Duchatelet proposes moments of world. She cares about fleeting certainties: lights at dawn, mists, tenuous sounds, horizons, and reflections... Most of her work tends to make tangible -more than
visible- the transience of persisting things. It is an off-centred art, in which the surrounding is as much of a presence. An art of made of subtle attention and essential importance.
The artist does not try to reproduce or represent reality but enters it, "focuses her attention on" and uses perception as a way to merge with the environment. Her installations propose as many viewpoints as there may be in a space, and as many moments as there may be in a day, a week, a season... For everything comes as a whole, the artist's gesture, the spectator's attention, together with the movement of the world.