With Wind Drift, the wall becomes page, the continents fade away and only the ocean currents remain, becoming streams of arrows, piercing through space, flying like controlled splashes on the surface. An abstract map, a drawing where the motifs are meticulously glued with sand, a material chosen for its volatile aspect and its relationship to impermanence, Wind Drift evokes the fragility of a territory, of the elements, and invites the spectator to get lost in it, thus reversing the initial function of a map. Beyond its role as a landmark, it was also linked to power, to the will to control and annex a region. Here the artist blurs the maps, since he recomposes it with the sandstone of the projects, often makes the choice of non-perennial materials such as sand, salt, coal and questions the data established by men. Water and wind are diluted, these mysterious elements are impalpable and man, faced with the extent of these territories, is put back to his minuscule scale.
Benoît Billotte reflects on scientific and territorial issues in much of his work, on the underlying presence of man in space, and composes his works with a good dose of poetry. A graduate of the Metz School of Fine Arts (2006), he continued his studies at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – 2008) with a post-graduate degree in new media. Interested in design, the functionality of objects, materials and questions of protocol, this does not prevent him from being particularly fond of drawing and line, the ancestral use of the hand and the gesture that accompanies it to develop a body of work where the earth, the moon, the oceans confront the cities and urban nodes of the 21st century. Benoît Billotte proposes in his drawings, installations, objects, cut-outs and sculptures a navigation between centuries, places and forms.
Particularly interested in cartography, he even collects digital world maps and questions the obsolescence of scientific data. Flows, statistics, datas are transformed into signs, lines, visual elements that are sometimes and often even ephemeral.