This painting refers to Paul Delvaux’s “The Break of Day” and Florian Zeller’s “La fascination du pire”.
You see a human silhouette, rather a cocoon – in any case neither male nor female, it can be anybody. She/He/It grows from a trunk that symbolizes the lost paradise. In Indian tradition, the dominant colour white represents mourning and Brahmanism.
Human identity is based on a balance of good and evil. Evil reveals itself in the form of a praying mantis and looks at the observer in a challenging way. The question “A trop regardé la lumière, on ne voit plus les ombres” (“If you look into the light for too long, you no longer see the shadows”) addresses the ability of the observer to self-reflect.