CATALOGUE Among the Garbage and the Flowers - Flipbook - Page 49
La Composition, 2021
The piece, “La Composition,” is an installation composed of two paintings on pieces of
abandoned wood. The ensemble reflects a process of human/non-human, living/nonliving interaction that involves several environmental transitions. First, in 2017, a piece
of abandoned tree trunk was exposed to blue acrylic colours. The previously presumed
lifeless tree trunk has been revitalized by pioneer flora.
Secondly, on December 19, 2020, a day of collective work by the collective “Ruderal
Plants (Plants ruderals)” proceeded to question what we have been confronted with
during the pandemic. This questioning is associated with the territory that is
constructed during the collective work process. Territorial intimacy is often formed in a
process of exchange and through physical gestures. However, our cooperative
relationships or our territorial intimacy have been severely hampered by the pandemic
situation; hence the questioning of how territorial intimacy is constructed through
physical exchanges within the limits of time and space. The result of this collective
work on this social restriction is a painting entitled "Barefoot (Les pieds nus)".
The territory manifests itself through colours and traces improvised in the inanimate
atmosphere. Territorial intimacy manifests itself as an experience: an interaction
documented by the traces of white fabric which then evolved by being left in the rain.
Finally, I interacted with a painting also produced through the agency of rainfall,
combined with an abandoned painting by Jean Paul Auboux. The fabric transformed
by paint was exposed to the rains again until February 2021. This work testifies to a
narrative of interaction between the living and the non-living in environmental and
Recurrence refers to the current condition in which one is vulnerable to others. Each
unexpected encounter is an opportunity for transformation: we are never in perfect
control of ourselves. Caught in the impossibility of counting on a stable community
structure, we are thrown into fluctuating arrangements that remake us with others.
There is no status quo we can rely on: everything is always in motion, including our
ability to keep pace. Everything is vision, becoming. We become universe. Becoming
animal, vegetable, molecular, becoming zero. (Deleuze and Guattari, What is philosophy,
1994 ; 203)