Cuts Across the Land

Date: 2008
Medium: Mixed media
Materials: Peacock feathers, Ink, Paper
Dimensions: 65.4 x 78.4 cm
Collection: Lafayette anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin
Classification : Dessin

An unstable tangle of wavy lines drawn in ink with two peacock feathers superimposed on them, Cuts Across the Land (2008) takes on an unknown form, mysterious and abstract. Open to uncertainty and the strange, Wilfrid Almendra disturbs reality, unbalances it, plays on the absence of points of reference and of logic, on the impossibility of grasping the creative process. Paradoxically harmonious and dreamlike, the drawing offers new avenues for the imagination, like the infinite cuts across the land evoked by the title. The work reveals itself through the prism of careful observation: it is a 360-degree self-portrait, where each line reproduces the outline of the artist’s profile at every degree of rotation. Both a metamorphosis of reality and a metaphor for creation, this subjective and intimate work is above all a humorous nod to the versatile figure of the artist. Almendra ultimately presents the image of an inaccessible mental landscape and paths to constructing a personal imaginary.

Text written by Oriane Poret as part of the partnership between the École du Louvre and Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin.