"My paintings are a tribute to the Earth. They reveal the geological patterns hidden inside rocks. They are an encyclopedia of the oldest images in the world, 4 billion years in the making." - Delphine Lucielle
Lucielle’s obsession with rocks and her desire to see inside the stones led her to examine very thin slices of stones through a high power microscope to extract their complex imagery, which she then renders on a “glass canvas,” imitating the luminescence of mineral forms.
Lucielle paints with glass and stones and hand-weaves glass fibers to create her work. She relies on the same pigments that were used 30,000 years ago by the cave painters of Lascaux, France. By painting with mineral oxides from rocks rather than with synthetic pigments, she creates colors that last forever.
The amazing variety of patterns to be discovered in stones seems to relate not only to human creativity but to the development of some universal aesthetic inherent in all things, or even the key to the origins of life itself. They make us contemplate the notion that art is not exclusively created by humans but is also fashioned by nature, a kind of pre-existing aesthetic that has an immediate appeal to the human psyche. Like the growth rings on a tree, a cross-section through a stone reveals a memory, a history going back millions of years. These images allow our imagination to run free, echoing as they do images in the memory.
Lucielle’s intention is to reinterpret these images while paying homage to their very essence by creating them with the very materials she examines. She is re-embodying nature's art and revealing a universal language of beauty going back millions of years. Glass becomes the mirror of the stone, forever documenting earth’s first artistic expression.