Ampholyte

Stalagmite, water, Indian ink, 200 x 230 x 20 cm, 2021

Contained in a tray slightly raised from the ground, young stalagmites emerge from an expanse of wet sand. These calcareous concretions, which are usually found in caves, are generated by an infiltration of water which slowly accumulates deposits of mineral matter. Here, the water did not slip through a rocky crust but through the thick construction of a blockhouse.
In this abandoned bunker on a Breton coast, the successive rains of the past 80 years have crept in and loaded with material. Thus drained in incessant drops, the minerals resulting from this concrete architecture solidify into an active geological formation.

The colors of the concretions thus formed vary from pure white to cement gray through a rusty orange coming from the irons reinforcing the structure.
With a much faster development than under natural conditions, these stalagmites here make human and geological temporalities coincide. They thus make us witnesses to the movement of mineral matter often considered inanimate.