Evelyne de Behr is an artist who focuses on the disappearance, including the complex memorial and ecological narratives encompassing it. Her work explores the perception of the surrounding space and works with the ‘entre-peint’ concept (François Julien) and the way these traces build a mental memory. Her practice investigates the processes of transformation and decay and the eco-physical and chromatic metamorphoses that result. Throughout her work, meaning emerges through the decontextualization of objects and images and their inscription in the specific place of exhibition. In her drawings, objects, and installations, there is a fundamental connection to manual techniques. Her work calls into question its relation with the visitor, helping us to reflect on our fragility and our natural disappearance.
During her stay, Evelyne started a participative work in which she asked her friends and the inhabitants of the Montemero Art Residency to formulate a short sentence or an act that is a wish for the Earth. Her research here revolved around axes that link our imaginations to the Earth and the concrete realities of the dried-out, powdery texture and tawny hues of the surrounding land. As a result, the project sought to give shape to our deepest wishes for the future of the Earth from which we come. Multiple people took part in this project, and Evelyne documented the process with video works and photography.