Sophie Cauvin‘s paintings are like archaeological digs into pagan worlds. Her work heavily textured, texts hidden, buried into materials such as wood, sand, metal, ash and plaster that are cracked, rough, old and weighty. Under pressure from time. These are simple compositions, the language made up of timeless symbols; circles, spheres, triangles and numbers. Magical shapes that have created and radiated energy through the ages.
Cauvin’s work can be seen as footprints through time, the marks of erosion that man has made over millennia, a trace of the past, a memory of what was. In someways they are a bulwark against modernism, technology, advancement. They plead to us to remember the past and the complexities and knowledge that lies beneath our feet. The collective unconscious that was, is and will always remain. The work a chronotope; space and time described through the language of art. Here’s what she says about her work:
Discretely coloured masses result from simple, easily recognizable shapes: spheres, triangles and imprints of doors and passages which transport the spectator into an immediately recognizable and familiar world. Alongside these shapes, writings, bits of fragile historical codex or palimpset reveal incomprehensible written forms. They invite the spectator to reflect on the continuity of the written transmission.
Some works have a special atmosphere, offering the impression of a complete view threats of danger or glimmers of hope. The black moon is invited and all the ancestral fears and reborn with their procession of legends about this planet, an imaginary point in the astronomical sky. Symbolists see this as giving access to the door which opens toward liberation and transcendental light.