MESSENGER OF A PASSAGE: CAROLINE DE BOISSIEU
www.lacritique.org - Thursday June 26, 2008
Passer of Time: Caroline de Boissieu French Painter. Inks and transparent effects. Thursday, June 26, 2008 By Emmanuel Lincot, Specialist in contemporary Chinese arPeintre française. Encres et effets diaphanes.
“Le monde est une branloire pérenne; je ne peins pas l’être mais le passage.”
This aphorism by Michel de Montaigne comes to mind while contemplating the work painted by Caroline de Boissieu. With black and white: this painting summons visions and hallucinations, calls forth ghosts, those passers of time that permit bereavement, departure, and the deadend of depression. In this, Caroline de Boissieu has brought herself into the filiation of great artists.
To look at each of her images is to try and decipher the presence of an absence within the visible. Technically, her work eliminates the contours. Water, ink, pastels, and Plexiglas are her materials of choice. Her important work guides her viewers towards cultural and emotional horizons reminiscent of Chinese art with a diverse empathy. …looking at the work of Caroline de Boissieu, I cannot resist thinking of the artistry of stained glass.
And what do we perceive in this intermediary space of art? This “inter-dit” that unfolds the artist? The frail silhouette of a child; recurrent signs of a fear that produces a stop, a suspense in imaging… Is it not this fear that Caroline de Boissieu conveys in her work, in her portrayal of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001? In other words, Caroline de Boissieu maintains not so much a connection with history itself, as with the memories. She reveals to us sensory snippets, a mosaic made of instantaneous images that follow one another to make the image, a temporality exquisite and fleeting specific specific to what touches the artists emotions.