hommage à Simon Hantai
At a time when everyone treated the canvas with distance, Simon Hantai favoured craftsmanship and a more direct contact with the material. This connection with the material and the ‘Pliage’ technique he elaborated his paintings with, has become a pivot in my practice. This tactility is significant, yet hard to attain in technical media; but the materialisation in the medium of photography is not even necessary. Hantai’s approach is an indication, and I wish to preserve it as such in my artistic attitude. This is partly the reason why the relation between painting and photography has become so important for me.