"For "Les Trouous Noirs - 003", I tried to work on the appearance of light and clarity through the gradation. The real success of this creation lies for me in a mistake: my tool overflowed. I draw the lines with hot wax, which allows me to have reserves of white. A drop has been deposited in the darkest part of the grid and that's where the strongest light appears. For the series, it was important for me to insist on black. Each square has its own colouring which is obtained by the six successive layers of paint.
Some blacks are loaded with blue, others with grey, which brings a real sparkle to the colour. For the development of my collection, I chose to work with a textile technique applied to paper, batik. Warm wax is applied to the places you don't want to colour. It is a delicate work, which is done under pressure: each grid of my work is thus traced.
I had to tame a hot material; I had to learn to work fast. I chose a paper usually used in engraving, a thick Japanese paper, which absorbs water like a sponge, which completely takes care of the paint. I apply six successive layers of watercolour, which I choose to wet more or less, in order to use the transparency properties of the material over a wide range.
This allows me to obtain complex and charged colours, really vibrant and full of reflections. When my paint is dry, I have to gently remove the wax from the paper. Each removal is a real discovery for me. The creation is balanced and then takes on its full meaning through a dialogue established between logic and letting go."