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The recent works of an artist who has managed to combine painting and literature, thinking always about the double register of color and words. The word often understood as an evocation of the writing of the soul, of an unconscious message, of an archaic calligraphy, constructed from the dust of matter and applied on the canvas. Matter that, as the title of the exhibition suggests, is ash and a result of a slow combustion, a process of erosion, cancellation and transformation of one substance into another. Thinking about the text "Feu la cendre" by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida (translated into the English edition as Cenders), Jean-Marie Barotte uses poetic and philosophical writing as a pictorial image detonator entrusting the image with the transcription of that which was "delivered to the fire", what remains of a memory, where fragments of words, names and letters emerge as evidence, indications or wounds. In small compositions as breviaries or from wider and spacious ones as some works designed for the Milanese exhibition, Barotte fuses his double origin as well, a balance between Italy and France, countries and cultures equally present in his background, albeit separated after thirty years of inexhaustible research. Indeed, either the black smoke from the candles or the ash's opalescent background from nights and days, meager and ephemeral remains of a combustion which has slowly consumed the meaning of things even before their own material density, the objective work by Jean Marie Barotte is deeply infinite in something that looks like a merciless ecstasy of introspection, towards the very root of the sensation of existing. His images move from a territory of an expressive awareness which might be called pre-pictoric, or even pre-linguistic. The visual materials that compose and perturb them refer to a deep impulse, a kind of unconscious flowing of the primary laws of blood and instinct. So much so that, when viewed for the first time, taken from the cycle dedicated to La Noche Oscura.

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