Melanie Matthieu

Melanie Matthieu

NUCLEAR SPRING (Æquinox, Arh a, swus, nuH)*

2022

Cyanotype photogram of a Butterfly Amaryllis (Hippeastrum papilio) on 100% cotton paper Unique

Print on paper

28 x 36 cm

description: “there's no poetry about war / just decomposition / only letters remain / and they all make a single sound — rrr” Lyuba Yakimchuk, ‘Розкладання’ (poem excerpt) On February 24th, 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine, I began a series of cyanotype photograms using a blossoming Amaryllis, gifted to me as a dormant bulb on winter solstice (Kolyadá) of previous year. Whilst news, testimonies and imagery of war crime atrocities increased day by day, so the magnificent meter-long flower was gradually sacrificed as my dark room experiments unfolded, when all was left were massacred petals and a bruised bitter bulb. *in Hilma af Klint’s language, ‘æ’ denotes resurrection, image of light; ‘x’ stands for super physical imagination; ‘Arh a’ means to understand only partially, ‘swus’ means blue spirituality, ’nuH’ equals color of the lily. cfr. Hilma af Klint, “Notes and Methods”, 2018

600,00 €

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