fine art projects   |   painting, mixed media & photography

Omaha beach, 2013-2015

installation

Omaha project spans charcoal drawings, video, photographies, google maps imagery and installation.
A poetic approach to Omaha beach, a landmark for the World War II D-Day disembark, on Normandy, France.

Ebb, 1’00 single channel video, 2013 | water on charcoal, pencil, paper

History

Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France, in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II. The beach is located on the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel.

Dream, 1’37 single-channel video, 2013

project

Part I
1. works: video, photography, painting, collage
2. videos captured, gmaps tool *music Gabriel Fauré
3. charcoal drawing and painting
Part II
4. local visit [bibliographical research, local libraries]
5. video capture, drawing and installation.

“Après un rêve” Op.7 n.1 de Gabriel Fauré, 1877
Poema de Romain Bussine

Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image
Je rêvais le bonheur, ardent mirage;
Tes yeux étaient plus doux, ta voix pure et sonore
Tu rayonnais comme un ciel éclairé par l’aurore;

Tu m’appelais, et je quittais la terre
Pour m’enfuir avec toi vers la lumière;
Les cieux pour nous entr’ouvraient leurs nues;
Splendeurs inconnues, lueurs divines entrevues…

Hélas, hélas, triste réveil des songes !
Je t’apelle, ô nuit, rends-moi tes mensonges;
Reviens, reviens radieuse
Reviens, ô nuit mystérieuse

( free translation )
In a slumber which held your image spellbound
I dreamt of happiness, passionate mirage,
Your eyes were softer, your voice pure and sonorous,
You shone like a sky lit up by the dawn;

You called me and I left the earth
To run away with you towards the light,
The skies opened their clouds for us,
Unknown splendours, divine flashes glimpsed,

Alas! Alas! sad awakening from dreams
I call you, O night, give me back your lies,
Return, return radiant,
Return, O mysterious night.


image credits: Max Gomes, ©Google Maps