Les Artistes

"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1957 in France. Lives and works in Nantes.

Interested in the mundane aspects of reality, Philippe Cognée uses film and photography to document everyday life, from crowds and libraries, to supermarkets and skyscrapers. These pictures serve as inspiration for his blurred, distorted, fading canvasses. He works with the modern version of an ancient process known as encaustic. The artist mixes pigments with wax and applies them on the surface of the painting. Then, he covers it with plastic film and uses an iron to heat and melt the mix, giving the canvas a skin-like smoothness. Breaking with a sharp reality and transforming the ordinary into the ethereal, Cognée explores the notions of observation and memory, as well as the relationship between representation and abstraction.