Chroma-flore, from the 18th of February to the 4th of March 2018
Art residency in Morgongiori, Sardinia, as part of Spectrapolis project from Heuristic Association.
Chroma-flore is a series of coloured engravings, result of 2 weeks of art residency in Sardinia. During this inspiring period, Cécile Gay was immersed in the flora around Morgongiori, small village high in the Monte Archi hills. The artist has built her palette of inspiration from her observations and feelings in situ. Outdoor, in a wild and preserved setting, she picked-up selected plants, trying to capture some colours with her box of watercolours, etc.
Based on the vast assortment of this picking, Cécile Gay has decided to work with engraving process printed only in colours, especially monotypes, woodcut and dry point on Plexiglas. This project is much more than just a botanical observation. Through the work of the colour, the artist aims to transcribe her coloured perceptions sensed during the first days of observation outdoors in changing weather.
The depicted plants are growing on various paper formats (square, horizontal and elongated rectangles) into lively general arrangements. To create each engraving, the artist starts with a flat coloured background which is carved, erased or washed out on some parts. By using this techniques, a characteristic feature of the engraving, the plants are carefully appearing onto the colour, being more or less figurative.
Chroma-Flore is a project that is still being developed by Cécile Gay, now into her Parisian studio. The pictures shown on this page are the result of 2 weeks of residency.
This collection of engravings will be exhibited in several places in France and Italy. More infos about these exhibitions will be published on the website, as soon as possible. For further details, please feel free to contact me.