Star Alumni

Isabelle Desjeux

Director and Mentor, l'Observatoire at Blue House
MA Fine Arts, Class of 2013

Isabelle is an artist based in Singapore. She has a background in molecular biology (PhD, Edinburgh University UK, 1995) and a MA Fine Arts from LASALLE (2010). Isabelle’s research is based on the “refuse”, the “leftovers”, the “failures” and their function in the process of scientific research, and a strong belief in the power of transformation over creation. 

Drawing from the similarities of practice of both worlds, Isabelle’s art feels like science. Her art takes the form of videos, installations and lectures using elaborate techniques of ‘Pataphysics’. Since leaving the lab bench in 2000, Isabelle has divided her time between honing her artistic skills and teaching drawing and creative crafts to young children. Teaching is an integral part of her practice, such that any experiment going on in her studio are always open for students to be part of. She is the founder of L’Observatoire, an observatory for the arts and science.