A journey in 5 stages of the same view, in an elliptical trajectory.
Leaving from and returning to the same point, Ellipse is an artistic experience that seeks to surprise you at each of these stages, yet expected.
In the footsteps of Alfred Sisley
Impressionist painters have produced series of paintings with the same landscape view, variously illuminated according to the time of day or of the year.
So is he going to Notre Dame Church in Moret-sur-Loing, painted by Alfred Sisley in an exceptional series.
Taking the same composition frees the drawing and gives way to color. But I think that's not really the reason for these series. Rather the search for light, translated in different ways in painting, to retain timelessness through various tests.
With an oriental touch
My church of Moret-sur-Loing is the Hassan II Grand Mosque of Casablanca. I pass by it at least twice a day on my way to work, all year long.
I know this building well because this mosque is open to visitors of all faiths, and I have visited it several times. It is built above the ocean, like a link between the sky and the sea.
Along with 5 paintings, I first thought to follow the footsteps of Sisley in a series strictly using the same view with different lights.
But these paintings are for the Casablanca paperpad, which I started 6 months ago, in 24x32 cm format.
I wish that when turning every page, the reader gets a Wow effect, getting surprised in spite of our tacit agreement to keep to the same view.
It is this path that gives the title to the project Ellipse: the parenthesis that takes us from one view to another, and brings us back to our initial point.
Hassan II Large Mosque