Matière noire #01, 2013
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Matière noire #02, 2013
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Matière noire

With Matière noire, I explore an abstract idea of archives by creating ephemeral char drawings, documented through photography.

The material used to create these images is biochar, a matter that was once a natural mass and is burnt into a sort of charcoal. The mass could be trees, leaves or dirt, which are heated at a high temperature to make bio-oil, where biochar is one of the remnants of this process. To create these forms and shapes photographed, I work on white paper; I throw, scatter or blow the char, as well as, shift or knock the paper.

The once existing mass has been transformed to a black powder-like substance, where its appearance has completely changed. By creating these ephemeral shapes or drawings, I question the aspect of a latent archive and I am attracted to the idea of archiving the mass’ essence or aura that remains.

Without an index card of information, the black matter becomes an abstract object, where the latency of form and shape is solely retained through the photograph.