The ghost of the source

Esprit de la source


  • Year : 2015
  • Dimensions : 39.3701 x 19.685 inches

The artistic process

This painting, a symbol of fresh water, is based on a central composition with scansion between the waterfall, the torrent and the woman’s veil (inspired by an Italian Renaissance marble statue). The preservation of freshwater resources, a subject that has been neglected for too long, is suddenly coming to the fore again with heatwaves, droughts and the depletion of water tables. A case in point is the Ogallala aquifer, one of the world’s largest: it covers 8 American states and supplies 30% of the country’s irrigation water, but irrational use has depleted it to the point where it could run dry in thirty years’ time. It would take 6,000 years to replenish it naturally.