LN III

LN III
English

A VISION OF THE "LA LUMIERE CELESTE" (CELESTIAL LIGHT) EXHIBITION BY EMMANUEL SCHMUTZ
 
There are spaces like places of worship where shadow calls for light and discreetly celebrates the cosmic mystery, naturally reflecting life, meditation but also, strangely, introspection.
 
Camille von Deschwanden's work suits the space meaningfully : the three giant cocoons show the blossom of a quest, a mystery and the luminous paper, precious shreds torn from the canopy of heaven, offer an uncommon echo to this dark period of the year which celebrates the light.
 
The artist reinvented the secular gesture of dipped paper crafting not in a passeist nostalgy, but to physically and fully live the miracle of transcending material.
The paper pulp thus produced is abord a sensual and raw offering to look at before it relieves from its reality, opening up an oniric and imaginative lightness like clouds, which the artist likes to associate the fluffiness also to paper.
 
The alchemy of creation is complex, beech, conifer and eucalyptus cellulose, pigments or egg based and sienna tinted paint are blended together as in the past for frescoed churches, creating unconscious correspondencies through the centuries. But often the past illuminates the present !
 
Innervated in the translucid paper pulp light emitting diodes unveil a capillary life of the art work, multicoloured blood pounding inside the material but also around it, thus releasing an aura.
 
So, the luminous silence of material reminds us of the life of an art work, always reinventing itself depending on the places and looks who appropriate it.