“Observing spaces that I might walk or travel through, and paying attention to details offering emotions or stimulating my imagination, make up the first steps of my artistic research. The way in which light enters a space, the particular details of its architecture, the traces of history it contains and, of course, the colours – how they were applied and how they age – are all things I try to reveal.... This is painting in the broadest sense of the term – in other words, thinking about painting through its multiple definitions by using this medium’s extremely varied possibilities.”
Using this same attentiveness, Flora Moscovici’s gaze transforms this enigmatic trace of the past: a tall chimney that conjures up the interior of the former Maison des Echevins (or “county magistrates”) that was home to the 15th century assemblées du conseil bourgeois before a true town hall was built in 1564. The building was destroyed at the beginning of the 20th century to create the street that exists today.
By hoping to awaken the visual and emotional potential from this interior turned exterior, Flora Moscovici decided to work directly on the stone walls, where she delicately and respectfully reveals this space’s history and memory. By once again working in situ, Moscovici tackles the entire surface of the vestige. Painting with a brush, using a palette of bright colours, her subtle shading sets the chimney ablaze. In order to reveal the materiality of the stones (ranging from granite to tufa), the paint adapts to their tonality and nature by playing with transparency.
FLORA MOSCOVICI WAS BORN IN 1985. SHE LIVES AND WORKS IN PARIS AND BREST.
© Martin Argyroglo