If the artistic world of Cécile Beau (who is originally from a cave-studded part of the Pyrenees) feels extremely remote from the human, it is nonetheless imbued with a sense of life. Featuring materials such as air, water, rock, tree bark, and charcoal, her work has an elemental character. As seen in her recent exhibition “Lithique” (Lithic), it amounts to what she calls a “science-fiction povera.”
In the sculpture Albédo 0,60, 2017, viewers found a round vessel filled with a black liquid and a milky substance floating in the middle of it. This fluid is, in fact, a solution of water and Chinese ink, and the soft, unstable white surface is actually ice, frozen thanks to an underwater cooling unit. The blackness of the ink-stained water makes the liquid’s depth unfathomable; viewers, leaning over to get a better view, saw only their own reflections. The sculpture ceaselessly changes
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