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Marie-France Brière
From September 10th 2004 to October 16th 2004
Nimber le lieu

The dust contaminates the studio, blanketing space in its ethereal substance; it blows its pigments everywhere, rendering the destroyed material's last farewell. All but smothered, my hand traces furrows of absence on the block.

Bearing witness to loss, the dust imposes a supple materiality that shrouds, drowning the gaze in a white fog. Space of remnants, mirage and suspension of fine, weightless matter.

Its form fades, to the point of indifference. In part, it exists only in memory. Drawing the improbable, capturing this smoke rising in whorls from fissures in the rock to sculpt a disappearance.

The slow dispersion of things that will no longer be.

My work rests on the necessity of redefining some aspects of sculptural practice, rethinking the actions actions associated with it, especially those connected with the tradition of stone sculpture.

"Nimber le lieu" begins a dialogue with the dust that results from carving a block of white marble. Dust particles tangle under glass, graduating the void and the stone's wear and tear.

Spectators may reconstruct the whole event by interrogating the loss, the visible withdrawal into the material, this lack in the visibility of the form.
- M-F Brière