Lives in Milan
Irma Blank investigates signs in their pre-linguistic form, performing a physical exploration of non-semiotic and self-referential writing that unfolds in a sort of trance. The ritual nature of the gesture is underlined by the repetition of its movement.
The 38 canvases that here compose Bleu Carnac (1992) make up a corridor evoking the megalithic alignments of Carnac in Brittany, an almost sacred path punctuated by the rhythm of the colour and pauses. The works are painted by the artist in absolute silence starting from the centre of the canvas, letting each brushstroke coincide with a breath. The process, which connects the artist’s body with the passing of time, highlights a tie with the external world, with the memories of the Breton landscape and the creation of an autobiographical code.