Aurelien Couput

Region: MFA Annual

Website: http://www.aureliencouput.com

City / State: New york, NY

My work is born from footage and still photography that document tragic historical events. I capture stories through, for example, a bystander or a seemingly trivial detail. The traditional genre painting that I evoke revives the subject by making it absolutely present. I also attempt to incorporate hints of icons. Using widely produced images, images that provide a collective and common vision, I create the sensation of a freeze frame. I isolate and reframe fragments that work as visual triggers. The painting becomes a filter that creates a distance from the images. The event occupies a secondary position, and multiple interpretations can emerge. The title breaks or amplifies the mystery enshrouding my paintings and obscures the chronological scale.