Hélène Baril is a Parisian based artist. She has exhibited in venues in France, Finland, Switzerland, the United States, Colombia and Poland. She works with various media, including drawing, painting and writing. Her paintings depict fragmented stories inspired by comics and science fiction, associated with her research in situated knowledges and interspecies relationships such as developed in the work of Donna Haraway in the US, Vinciane Despret in Belgium.

After starting her career in Finland where she presented her first solo show in 2013 at Äkkigalleria (Jyväskylä), she worked as an artist in residence in numerous places, such as Saint Louis (Paul Artspace, MO, USA) and Medellin (Campos de Gutierrez, Colombia).

Her collaborative works have been presented at locations such as WIELS (Brussels), Cooper Union (NYC) and Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart). In Paris, she works with The Cheapest University, a free and experimental artist-run academy.

You are the last of the Cadillac

You are the last of the Cadillac
Hélène Baril
February 21st – 28th 2015
Museum Blue, Saint-Louis, MO

Antoine Laumet was born in France in 1658.

Rising from a modest beginning in Acadia in 1683 as an explorer, trapper, trader of alcohol and furs, he achieved various positions of political importance in the colony.
In 1701 he founded Detroit, which he commanded until 1710.
His knowledge of the coasts of New England and the Great Lakes carried him various favors, including the Order of Saint Louis from King Louis XIV.
He was imprisoned in Bastille on his return to France in 1717. – I don’t know why.
Like many immigrants he took advantage of emigrating to the New World to create a new identity, perhaps to conceal the reasons that drove him from France
Laumet created a new name, identity and noble origin, while protecting himself from possible recognition by persons who knew him in France. He became Antoine Laumet de Cadillac. 
It was common for adventurous Frenchmen emigrating  to the new world in these days to usurp the noble title and armorial bearings of true noblemen, who would never find out about it.

Later on, at the beginning of the 20th Century, a Detroit car company named itself in honor of the founder of the city. Cadillac's name and logo comes from a story that is, like all the stories, made out of reality and fiction.


We always forget something in History, Cadillac logo, 6 gouache and acrylic on wood, 2015

Framed works

Lindbergh Blvd, pencil on paper, 2015
Habitat #1, found image, 2015
Habitat #2, watercolor and pencil on paper, 2015
Confluence, digital photograph, 2015


The last Cadillac, mixed media and found objects, 2015
Windmill, mixed media and found objects, 2015
My baby grew up in a brand new Cadillac, mixed media and found objects, 2015
The Giant, mixed media and found objects, 2015

R00M 2

Works on paper
Kingdom, pencil, watercolor, gouache on papers, 2015

The River, acrylic on wood and hose, 2015
Lee’s Chicken, digital photograph, 2015