“Selected in 2013 to perform a graphic work for the glass of the new multi-purpose hall of the Lycée Lebrun under the artistic 1%, the artist proposed to put into practice a process that she knows well: the collage of recovered images. Like Tephra (2008), Unphras (2010), Gradiva (2010) or Mu(t)e (2011), the triptych she produced for the Coutançais establishment consists of colour digital prints. These take the form of eleven microscopic views, selected in the library of the National Centre for scientific Research (CNRS). They represent materials-stone, wood, metal, sky and plants visible through windows -as well as colours- ochre, brown, green, blue, grey-present in the versatile room. These views were cut into thin strips and then glued against each other on three glass plates. The drawing created by the collages forms a set of empties and full. The three elements were installed in November 2014 at different heights, in front of the east, south and south-west panes of the chapel. Enrolled in an ancient spiritual place converted into a place of study and work, the composition of this work “reflects these activities of thought, of reflection, like an electro-EEG”. It questions the scale of our perception -in height, it cannot be the subject of careful observation, which would otherwise be harmed by the fragmentation of views- as well as that of our knowledge -it represents invisible elements to the naked eye, here revealed by the microscope. This work crosses the disciplines of science and art. Hence its title, “Polarized”. In the words of the artist, this term refers to the scientific technique of making these images. Indeed, seven of the eleven images were made using a polarized light optical microscope. In French, “polarized” can also mean a point of attraction, convergence or the fact of staring, concentrating in one or more points. In English, the “rized” consonance evokes an ascent. The piece and its title underline the relation to the light. The colored shadows depend on the intensity of it, and the position of the sun. The work is also in motion, in the tradition of stained glass. Moreover, it is an evocation, a postponement of the external landscape, given to see inside.
Chapel of the Lebrun High School, Coutances. Triptych, 3 times 1490 cm x 690 cm digital printing, glass.