Hanieh Delecroix was born in 1974 in Tehran, and moved to Paris at age three.
Though excelling in the performing and visual arts at school, she decided to study psychology at the University of Surrey in England from 1997 to 1998. She then returned to Paris to study at the University of Paris X Nanterre where she received her Diploma in Clinical and Pathological Psychology and Cognitive and Emotional Processes. She has also attained doctorate level from the LASI (Laboratory for Somatic and Identity Issues). She has worked in hospitals as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist specialising in infants and adolescents, as well as adults suffering from chronic illnesses. While working as a clinician she studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and now writes, sculpts and paints alongside her psychoanalytic practice.
The relationship between the mind and the body, especially the mind of a damaged body, is central to her art. Shades of black and blue predominate in her paintings, particularly intense hues of cobalt, ultramarine, and cerulean, which she usually applies with a palette knife in sweeping strokes, creating abstract forms that look “written”. She favours translucent paper, chosen for its fragility and its symbolic, skin-like quality. “A crack in the paint or a tear in the paper become like a scar", she explains. “That’s life. We always tell children not to touch things or they will break, but in life you have to touch and to take risks.”
Text: Rose Issa