After creating his somewhat awkward puppet and marionette characters a few years ago, Jonathan Delachaux has gone on to update their biographies and experiences. He photographs them, then paints them into compositions that reflect their half-dreamed, half-invented adventures.
For this show, two pictorial techniques give rise to two separate series that come together and perturb our visions.
In a first series, urban landscapes reveal, through x-rays, the story of Naïma on the road to Tchan-Zâca, a legendary city lost under the water.
In the second series, Jonathan Delachaux continues to hide the background of the paintings from the naked eye, but this time it is visible using black (UV) light and fluorescent paint. Ordinary shapes become eccentric nocturnal characters in spooky settings.
Are these revealed backgrounds imaginary worlds? private universes? multidimensional revelations of a delicate subjectivity? fantastical projections?
That is the ambiguity of the reality Jonathan Delachaux offers us, in which dreams, ancestral rites, and science mingle, coming together to remind us that what we see is not always what we believe, and that what we believe quite often hides what we perceive.