2009 – EDO
There are the others….And her… Where traditional food photography presents the meal fixed for all time in its studied primer, Mathilde de l’Ecotais sees, with her lens and especially with her spirit, into the depths of matter in order to extract its subtle and voluptuous poetry. Her photos are as creative as the dishes she captures at their best.
Her photographs invite the audience to a never ending journey, without limits, between structured and unstructured. Tamed by her perspective, the most common vegetable becomes an abstract masterpiece. Still nature so incredibly alive that we look at, at first stunned, then swept by the swirl of forms and colours in which the imaginary invents them an identity.
Under her perspective, we can almost touch the lightness of a dash of milk, the diaphanous of a Yuba veil, the fragile transparency of caviar. She shows us, from inside, the unfailing respect that we must have for nature for having created these worlds in which the infinite joins the infinite. It is life that constantly emerges fro her apparently-artificial photographs, as she will tell you, on the contrary, that she never cheats, nor does she retouch the colours captured in their momentaneous perfection, this light which has been precisely studied to bring out the best. This light over the matters has become her inimitable signature.
Mathilde de l’Ecotais gives us the perspective over a world that she has chosen to reinvent over and over again in this trivial universe of ‘food’ that offers the paradox of being accessible to everybody in its daily-life approach and only revealing its secret and intimate nature to the unique eye of a unique artist. Yes….There really is her… And the others…