CHRIS BERAET: THE ALCHEMICAL WEDDING

By revisiting the codes of conventional painting, Christophe has developed in him the desire to imitate the duplication of organic and psychological life.

By Balthazar Malevolent

CHRIS BERAET: THE ALCHEMICAL WEDDING

The red thread of his artistic itinerary is the question of Transfiguration in painting, that's his goal! Intuitive expression is the action that induces the experience that flows from energy. On our planet as in the universe everything is energy. Everything that lives has its own energy, perhaps even that which no longer lives? Energy induces a vibration, translating this vibration interests Chris. Here is his language. He often uses his life experiences as matter to try to create expression and emotions in his paintings. A relationship to oneself but also to others. He also explores the gap between the surface and the reverse side of a reality. It is a game of mirror, an exploration of various states of ambiguity. These images can be very direct and disturbing at times, but they can also be seen as the "show" of a society of spectacle in constant confusion in search of a hypothetical balance.

"The twin brother", "soul mates", "the substitute", "the alchemical wedding", all evocative titles for canvases offering to see "Angel-Drogynes" in pairs. Alter ego? Partners? Clones? The theme of the double, in the sense of a twinning, returns as a leitmotiv in this series, questioning, among other things, the limit of the body envelope as well as that of individuality. Who are these polymorphic characters? Are they connected? Interdependent? Autonomous? Partial? Are they all these at the same time?

For more complexity, these fragmented, whole, sometimes fused or multiplied bodies that juxtapose, overlap, mask, blend, play with each other in a sometimes noisy confusion; they are joined by quasi-organic elements, similar to uterus, placentas, umbilical cords. "It's a birth that's constantly renewed," says Chris Beraet about his creative process. Thus, the atypical plasticity of her works is an act of birth of the pictorial process itself, like a gush of life, never frozen, unceasingly becoming.

Chris Beraet

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