The demons of Chrysope

Title : “V.I.T.R.I.O.L” (China Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2015

by Laura Luppi

They appear like contemporary demons, their nature being better represented by the meaning of the ancient Greek term from which the word derives: dáimōn , that is ‘halfway between the human and the divine’, which, according to the Orphic tradition, defines the essence of the soul seeking to escape from the body in which it has been trapped due to some unknown sin committed. These singular characters live indeed in a borderline territory between reality and what lies behind it, behind our fears, the silent wandering nightmares of the night. Recognizable symbols and riddles to be solved alternate in each image, always well thought out and built,  like messages encrypted by a Sphinx whose goal is to lead us to the solution of the puzzle.  The pseudonym used by this young French artist already gives a hint that a transmutation, which involves organic elements and animals, and humans, both flesh and spirit, is in progress.
Impossible not to think of Kafka and his tales of metamorphosis; of the unknown reason why Mr. K is on trial; of the industrious efforts of the mole digging tunnels below ground in search of the truth.  But the fact that the truth can be univocal seems almost a utopia if it is narrated through Chrysope’s works: her hand is guided by an alchemical power that mixes everything and creates nothing, as in the primordial mind and in the human mind. It is no coincidence that her illustrations arise from words, from ideas written down on a sheet, in letters and thoughts first, and then processed into images and signs. Both literature and everyday life are a source of inspiration for her illustrations, silkworms for moths incapable of flying and eating, only capable of swallowing hermetic secrets. Photography often helps to capture the mutability already occurring in the very substance of things, and to these things Chrysope gives back sap for new infinite imaginary places.  And what if the demon was Socrates’ philosophical daemon (that is a divine or spiritual guidance that tells us not to do something rather than telling us to do something)? In this case the all-seeing eye of providence can see and capture everything, in contrast to a television set, which — paradoxically – coaxes us to take action and not to think.

CHRYSOPE

Untitled (China Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2015

CHRYSOPE

Untitled (China Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2015

CHRYSOPE

Untitled (China Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2015

CHRYSOPE

Title : Fucking Sweet Life” (Chine Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2014

CHRYSOPE

Title : “By Train” (China Ink, Ink marker), 2012

CHRYSOPE

Untitled (China Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2015

CHRYSOPE

Untitled (China Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2014

CHRYSOPE

Untitled (China Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2014

CHRYSOPE

Untitled (China Ink, Graphite, Ink marker), 2014

 

Photo credits:
www.chrysopeillustration.ultra-book.com

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