Jessica Backhaus

Texts Rémi Coignet, Jean Dykstra, Matthias Harder

Kehrer Verlag, 2017

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Essay on Shifting Clouds

"Two more motifs, equally essential, are characteristic of “Shifting Clouds”: the fold, recognized by Gilles Deleuze as being central to the philosophy of Leibniz, and run-out. The one being doubtless the antithesis of the other. Jessica Backhaus soaks scraps of paper in watercolor and then observes the interaction of the paper, pigments, and water. In these two elements it is necessary to see, it seems to me, a desire to testify to complexity. The fold corresponds to stacking: of knowledge, of codes, of the multiple elements that shape our lives, and the run-out to the simultaneous porosity of these same elements."