Mathilde de l’Ecotais wants above all to compress matters as much as possible. Without compromise. Not in order to humiliate nature, but to transcend it. Dissect a carrot, a cucumber or the carapace of a shrimp, brought especially from Japan due to its peculiar transparency, in order to allow the lens of her (Leica) to penetrate the deepest secrets and find lifelines within. ‘It is life that I am interested in, not rottenness’ she explains.
And then the cutter turns into a brush, the piece is restructured. ‘What would reality be without the dislocating energy of poetry? ‘asked René Char. Mathilde lightens up compositions, she wraps them, transfigures them, dissects them, according to her imagination. She chooses. A mere crushed grape seed will illustrate the passage of time. In order to give the background of her photos a moving and ephemeral consistency, like an intergalactic empty space, Mathilde will finally be able to process with her fingers an olive oil trail or a lemon preparation for a long time..
And then the miracle unfolds. In the sparkling light, the seed resembles a planet, the onion – a blonde constellation, the salmon roe – a golden foetus. Between the beginning and the end of the world.
José Alain Fralon, journalist. After being a correspondent in Brussels from 1985 to 1991, he is appointed deputy editor-in-chief of Le Monde.