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Pietra di Luce

Sabine Mirlesse

Quants éditions

Publication date : 2019/05/01
Weight 1200 g / Dimensions 18 x 22 cm / 132 pages / fr
ISBN 9782956813507

Sabine Mirlesse invites us to  journey through her series Pietra di Luce, drawing from the heart of the Earth the matter that will transport us beyond the firmament.

In Dante’s verses the Earth lies at the centre of the Universe, a universe divided into three realms. Each realm takes the form of a cantica ending in the word “stars” (stelle) creating a kind of poetic architecture and claiming an ultimate presence, through the placement of the word itself. The stars are there, somewhere, in every stratum of our universe; they are the conclusion. Sabine Mirlesse’s photographs, in turn, awaken from the geological depths, where, starting from the deepest darkness, the artist leads us towards light, only to plunge us once again into the interstellar night.

Sabine began her quest for the stars in the Apuan quarries of northern Tuscany, in the poet’s native region. As she studied mineral forms, dust explosions, spiral nebulae with diamond threads and fractures, her project became a series of reflections on stellar forms throughout the subterranean world.

In the manner of the quarrymen, the artist extracts from the bowels of the mountain a collection of photographs, drawings, oil monotypes, embossings, reliefs, photograms, and stone sculptures as reflections on the possibility of stars living inside the Earth. Then begins a process of experimentation, of stratification. The interior of the mountain becomes her darkroom, from where light is given surface.

Sabine Mirlesse connects geology and photography in her hypothesis that they are the great guardians of time, both vulnerable and resilient. Working in layers and editions, she combines photographic and stratigraphic processes to explore the history of the Earth, strata and imprints, the relationship of the individual to his or her origin, and the capacity of a place to evoke narrative, real or imagined.

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