The drawing Incantation is part of a series of pencil drawings and collages on Nepalese paper by Emmanuel Malin. Malin drew these during a Parisian exhibition of Carbone Collectif. This collective is a group of young French artists that collaborates irregularly on projects and exhibitions.
Please note that the edges of the Nepalese paper are intentionally irregular. Framing is done by fixing the drawing to a white piece of cardboard using acid free tape. The acrylic glass front presses the paper flat against the board.
"I work fairly instinctively", says Parisian artist Emmanuel Bastid (Malin is his artist handle) about his work process. "With each new work or each new commission I try to capture the invisible and try to create several layers of interpretation in an image. The artworks really only find their final form while I work on them.
I like images that allow me to tell my own story, wherein - while working on them - visual clues appear that assist my storytelling. I hope that that feeling of exploration transcends to the person that looks at the images. I try to be chatty in my work also and to give things substance by mixing figurative and abstract elements and big gestures with delicate refinements."