This story was a motivation to do this painting and to title it this way.
Nigredo, or blackness is the initial stage of the alchemical process. It means putrefaction, decomposition. By the penetration of the external fire the body is reduced to its primal matter from which it originally arose. Opposite elements are brought together in a union (coniunctio, coitus) and during the process the product of this union dies to produce the blackening of the nigredo.
On the everyday level, nigredo signifies the difficulties man has to overcome on his journey through life.
It is the cleansing of all the impurities in oneself, dying to old habits, attitudes and patterns of relating, to childhood attachments and dependencies.
To illustrate process I used polyhedron compound of two tetrahedra or stella octangula.
Each tetrahedron symbolise opposite element. Salamander-like forms symbolize external fire.
The french title writen above is borrowed from the work of french photographer Martin d’Orgeval who published his photos in a book called Touché par le Feu (Touched by Fire).
2008., d’Orgeval got permission to shoot Deyrolle, a fire devastated legendary Parisian taxidermy shop and 18th-century cabinet of curiosities.
Prince Louis-Albert de Broglie who bought it in 2001. says, „Deyrolle will rise from the ashes as it was, only better“. The fire to him is a symbol of the destruction now taking place across the planet. "When the fire first happened, it was a trauma for everybody and then I realized it was an expression of what I have always believed, which is if you lose everything one day and reconstruct the next day it is an example of how the wealth of the earth, its biodiversity, can disappear. And also it shows the immense solidarity and dedication of so many people, from companies, from indviduals, who came to us to help."