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Détail, huile sur feuilles de cuivre marouflées sur papier incisé au scalpel
Détail, huile sur feuilles de cuivre marouflées sur papier incisé au scalpel
Détail, huile sur feuilles de cuivre marouflées sur papier incisé au scalpel
Détail, huile sur feuilles de cuivre marouflées sur papier incisé au scalpel

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Breath 1


Breath 1 Drawing

anne FeatGaiss


Drawing, Metal on Paper

Size: 22 W x 29.9 H x 0 D in

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About The Artwork

This series of alchemical sculptured papers is a tribute to the “Splendor Solis”, a manuscript alchemical treatise from the 16th century, remarkable for its series of illustrations. The alchemist Martin Ruland said that “imagination is the star in man, the celestial or supracéleste body”. From a unity that has become duality, then split up again to recompose itself into constantly renewed forms, from shadow to light reflecting on metal, it plays, transforms, transmutes the visible aspiring to bring out its quintessence. For the alchemist, metal has a soul, this is what the artist wishes to evoke in these sculpted papers inspired by the stages of the great work. Their surface covered with silver or copper becomes a mirror of the soul, the lace scarified in its flesh brings us to the reverse side of it. Behind the exploration of these shimmering and finely chiselled paper skins, the artist proposes here to project, as Jung suggested, the unconscious into the darkness of it in order to illuminate it. This work, inspired by the movement of nature and the breath of life, is worked in all four directions, allowing the scales of paper covered with golden copper leaf to swirl and reflect the sun's brilliance ad infinitum. It is a metaphor for the universal breath, the inhalation and exhalation that creates form and gives birth to matter. Each scale is sculpted one after the other with a scalpel, changing shape each time to form an intuitive pattern. No sketching is done beforehand, the work is created as it goes along, with each incision of the blade, almost composing itself. No repentance is possible, no retouching, the indelible incision must be accepted or the creation abandoned.

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Drawing:Metal on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:22 W x 29.9 H x 0 D in

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Between macrocosm and microcosm, Anne Feat Gaiss’ universe draws from the sources of the infinitely large and the infinitely small, weaving a subtle dialogue between the manifestation of the visible and the invisible. Her gaze, whether it is directed towards the internal structure of matter revealed by the microscope or the celestial matter lost at the ends of the universe, seeks to see “beyond” our reality, “through” by all means, questioning the space contained between one and the other, this concentrated void of energy inhabited by myths and mythologies. Nourished by alchemist writings, scientific works, or historical and ethnographic stories, the imagination of Anne Feat Gaiss recreates through her work an intimate and animist world at the crossroads between reality, illusion, and divination, reviving in her own way ancestral traditions that each one can appropriate according to their own credo. Originally from Nantes, Anne Feat Gaiss moved to Boulogne-Billancourt about twenty years ago. In 2014, following a disturbing extrasensory experience and lucid dreams, her artistic work evolves to embark on an alchemical quest for the sacred. This pictorial quest blends with a personal path that leads her to meet many personalities questioning other realities and looking at this world differently. These rich exchanges metamorphosed her conception of the universe and reality, uniting in her heart and mind, science and metaphysics. She then embarked on a creative path inspired by these encounters and this journey. Her works can be read as an intuitive illustration of her conception of the interdependence and interconnection between man and the universe. The exploration of a vibratory language between the visible and invisible world then becomes a key element in her creation.

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