Etienne Chambaud Uncreature, 2022
Tempera and gold leaf on wood panel
35,2 x 29,6 x 5,7 cm
Quiet gazes appear to issue forth from Etienne Chambaud’s series Uncreatures. The historical icons, panel paintings of religious figures represented against a golden background—the symbol of divine light—have been modified and the figures, except for their eyes, covered entirely with gold leaf. The chromatic difference between recently applied and original gilding, perhaps paradoxically, makes visible the outline of the hidden figure. Their gaze acts as a spatial marker, emanating from the expanse in a certain direction, but also a temporal one, as if the observer were encountering not just a representation, but its spectral presence.