Silk Imaginaries (2017)
Silk Imaginaries (2017) is a series of digital photographs taken with a model covered with a piece of purple wet silk bought in one of the many textile shops present in the area of Belsunce/Porte D'Aix. With a studio in that area of Marseille it is literally impossible not to get inspired and influenced by the incredible range of colors, textures and patterns that the shops are displaying daily. Silk Imaginaries was also influenced by my skepticism with Computer Generated Imagery and its obsession with fluids. I chose a piece of silk imprinted with a digitally designed camo pattern. Admittedly limited, the images were made to suggest the repeatability of processes such as mimesis and adaptability; and their aesthetic and formal outcomes. The Orang Collective were at the time producing a show on The Odyssey in London and chose one of the image for their character of Circe. The goddess, daughter of Helios, was skilled in the magic of transmutation and illusion. It also reminds me of the Ninfa figure developed by historian Aby Warburg.
A version covering and entrapping everyday objects was made for the cover of my brother's first album. The album title "Nature Morte" refers both to its literal sense of Dead Nature and in its more common sense of Still Life.