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Almine Rech

Sasha Ferré

Sasha Ferré does not see her paintings. Or at least she cannot see them when she is working: her hands are full of colours, she is fully immersed in the act of blending oils and caressing the material she handles. Sasha Ferré does not see her paintings, and yet she only works in the daytime as she craves natural light. From what she told me about her creative process, my understanding is that she performs a sort of daytime ritual which consists of coating the surface of a linen canvas with an initial layer of coloured tempera before covering the background with greasy pigmented matter. Issues of depth, and therefore dimensions, are already at stake. All of her work must take place in the space of a day - a rule dictated by the physical properties of oil paint, which also gives Sasha Ferré’s work a conceptual nature (the canvas as unity of time). Her ritual is soundtracked by music, and you can’t help but feel compelled to imagine what beats and melodies may have sounded across the studio while the artist was composing her latest works.

—  Cédric Fauq