de Carpentry is a French Artist who is among the best of those
who use Reverse Painting on Glass. The important advantage of
Reverse over Front Side Painting is in depth effect that occurs by
looking at the painting through the thickness of the glass.
All lovers of medieval
Manuscripts and religious books will be familiar with
‘illuminations’, those painted letters or miniatures with which they
Carpentry’s skilled fingers, illuminations have now taken on
a completely new form of life. Using this ancient art as a basis and
applying it to scenes mainly related to the middle Age,
has created a unique style in which the glass itself plays
the primordial role. It is by painting on the glass (from behind)
that the artist allows her modern-day imagination to run free in the
service of the bygone art, revealing its forms and colors in ways
which often totally surprise (and delight) the usually “blasé”
constant preoccupation with descriptive detail, the decorative
profusion of the scenes I portray, the sophisticated, languid
sentiments, the almost total absence of reality, “she adds, I aim to
direct my painting towards an extremely elegant organization of
linear rhythms and brilliant colors”.
The image is
carried on glass exactly the same manner as on canvas, paper or
wood; but when we look at the image, we look through the glass which
serves both as a support and protective varnish. Everything is the
reverse of traditional painting. The working image is on the back of
the glass. The viewer looks through the glass on the painted layers.
Letters, symbols, and images are painted on the mirror image of how
they normally read, in order to be correct when the glass is turned
over to be viewed.