About the Artist
Interdisciplinary sculptor, Babette Beaullieu, forges sculpture, installation and performance into a vehicle in which she takes a critical look at memory, impermanence and balance. Her organic sculptures have a visceral quality that is minimalistic, influenced by Zen Philosophy.
She has been commissioned to create sculpture for private collections throughout the U.S.; her performances entitled Memoirs of the Sistahood, has been performed in several major cities in the U.S. In this interdisciplinary work, she collaborates with her sister, Becky Beaullieu Valls, who is a dance choreographer from Houston, Texas. Layering of sensory memories is accomplished through on-stage art making, dance and film using both personal and universal themes. Her installations deal with cultural and personal objects, ritual and memory: collecting and shedding. A couple of such projects include: Memoirs of the Sistahood: Chapter Four Sacred Trails(2013): an installation that creates a path of white dresses. Growth (2008) was a site specific installation in an over grown yard after Katrina where a path of red women dresses were placed. Support for her work includes: National Performance Network Residency Grant, Diverse Works Artspace Residency in Houston, Brown Grant, Louisiana Division of the Arts, the private collection of Sam and Jaque Cannon, private collection of Carlos Sanchez and David Finley, private collect of Bruce and Lou Steward.
Babette Beaullieu was born in New Iberia, Louisiana. Growing up in south Louisiana in a rich, cultural environment, has influenced her performance, installation and sculptural work. She holds a BFA from the University of California in Santa Barbara in Sculpture. Her art profession began after years in the marine industry where she came to regard boatbuilding and sail making as the beginning of her interest in sculpture. She has studied art in Europe and traveled throughout Bali to study textile and wood carving. Her sculpture and installations have been exhibited in museums and art centers including New Orleans Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Diverse Works Art Space in Houston. Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and was invited as a guest artist to the Alexandria Museum of Art to create an interactive art exhibit.