Between documentary and fiction, Essentially metaphorically explores the genesis of marble and the work of sculpture. Marble is not a constituent of our planet: its manufacturing process spans 400 million years. This rock undergoes many successive natural processes before to exist as such.
Masses of limestone resulting from plant, mineral and animal decompositions migrate under the effect of tectonic movements. Those which will be plunged under the oceans then under the earth's crust undergo such pressures and such temperatures that a phenomenon, called metamorphism, transforms this limestone into marble. The long time required for the formation of this metamorphic rock is suggested by the sound, the images and the editing.
A second film, the result of Olivier Sévère's residency at Villa Kujoyama in 2016, will address the relationships and interactions between natural elements. Presented to the public for the first time, the video In these waters is a pictorial, mineral and telluric fable in which water and stone are the protagonists. They express the creative forces of nature and of man. Whether they are solid or fluid, conflictual or mimetic, the energies deployed form a body, carry, lift or erode.
In these waters 2015. Video, 24 minutes Courtesy of the artist
Works produced with the support of the Fondation Franco-Japonaise Sasakawa
Session in partnership with Villa Kujoyama (Kyoto, Japan) and with the support of the Bettencourt-Schueller foundation.