Marie-Luce Nadal

Eolorium

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2015 - 2019

Variable Dimensions. MTO

Glass, 3D printing, Pure Oil of Cloud, cloud combs

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Eolorium was developed during a year of immersion in a Laboratory of Physics and Fluid Mechanics where she attended numerous seminars. During the latter, she lets her mind wander to the sound of the words she hears. From this raw, impalpable material, she will make a recording of it in the form of geological strata.

Printed in 3D and enclosed in an aquarium, the graphics have given way to a shaky territory, between sky and earth, between shadow and light. This uncertain territory, protected by glass plates, then becomes a sacred relic whose access is both open to us and refused because of the transparency of the material that forms the rampart. This aquarium motif reappears in her room La fabrique du vaporeux, a kind of Promethean machine capable of creating cloud extracts.

To make this possible, Marie-Luce captures cloud particles and electrical storm residues and reduces them into extracts so that they can be reproduced at will.

Here, the "artificialisation" reflects our relationship to nature. Between spectacular scientific advances, an unprecedented ecological crisis and a neo-colonialism that extends to all natural resources - this capture of an eminently natural movement reveals the ambiguous attachment we have with it - both as a kind of parameter of social evolution and simultaneously an emanation of divine power.

And it is undoubtedly from this ambivalence that Marie-Luce Nadal's work draws its strength. The capacity to highlight this fundamentally human will to control and subordinate our environment and at the same time this fascination for its resistance and indocility towards us.

What the artist captures in her works are debris from the aura, traces of shiny dust, from a world destined to disappear.