Artist Louise Despont creates different cosmogonies and pays tribute to the art of meditation with her drawings which are printed on ancient accountancy books.
The esoteric cosmogonies of Louise Despont /
Three years ago, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, Louise Despont travelled to India to study and work on her drawings. There she found a specific source of inspiration that led her to create a dictionary of mythological and esoteric cosmogony, which she finished in 2013. In addition to its undeniable beauty, her work stands out because it embodies a meditational act and its organic correspondence.
The drawings are made with lines, circles, triangles and hexagons that form architectural constellations, and it comes together in the same way that figures and shapes come together on a Persian rug. The local interactions between each line create characters and allegories that represent something ancient and sacred, as if these were the algorithms of Hindu legends told by a thousand details. Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of her work is the material she chose: her drawings are not created on paper or fabric; her work is drawn on the pages of ancient accountancy books.
Despont bought her first accountancy book when she was a student at Brown University and since then she has been collecting these “precious objects” and drawing on them.
I’ve found them in India, in Paris, and people know I’m looking, so when they come across one, they let me know, I love it because I use this grid (the ledger lines), and make my own grid on top of it, and work with the idea of balance.
At first she confined her work to a small scale, using single pages in these books, later though, she began ripping out pages and pasting them together, thirty or forty pages at a time, to create larger pieces.
“Because there’s always a left and right hand side page, I was always sort of thinking of couples,” she continues. “What happens when you pair two things and the conversation that happens. Sometimes I keep it abstract, and other times I go into characters and give them bodies.”
This type of obsessive and precise drawing means that during her creative process, the artist does not have a clear idea of what the final outcome will be, and thus, her work becomes an invocation of figurative shapes. For her, and the observer alike, her work is meditation.
I think both the process and the outcome of that process can be meditative and I’m interested in art that has a meditative quality. For me drawing is a starting point to exploring energies and dynamics that are unseen but felt.Tagged: inspiration, esotericism, Louis Despont