Illustrating an EP.
Project carried out for Teapex and Mr Hans, two rappers from Toulouse, France : design and produce the cover of their EP "Parenthèses". The EP starts with a soundscape of life that progressively decreases : the world is confined, closes in on itself and the parentheses open, the project begins. Four tracks follow one another, then the dull noise gradually gives way to the sounds of life again : the world opens up again and the parentheses close, the project ends. The title is the very essence of the project, it reflects the context in which the EP was composed : remotely, like an aside, a parenthesis within a parenthesis ; the opening and closing reveal the use of the plural in the title.
Parentheses is an EP cover composed of three black and white illustrations, made with charcoal and black pen on paper ; each one representing a window. The visuals were made on cut paper, assembled by collage, then scanned and vectorized on computer.
The choice of the triptych echoes the use of parentheses in the plural. These three illustrations make up a single project, conceived as a collection : the same window, closed, half-open and open. Between inside and outside, they evoke the same point of view, the same place in different states, times, schedules, weather... The choice to represent a window makes a visual reference to the typographic symbol of a parenthesis, as does the use of black and white. These two colours also create an opposition, a contrast, a digression, which a parenthesis can bring to a text. Conversely, reading the three visuals together clarifies their meaning. Just like a remark placed in parentheses to help the reader understand, certain details stand out from the background in order to clarify what is being represented.
The triptych opens and closes in an abstract, spatial and temporal parenthesis. It evokes for a moment the idea of escape, a period considered different from the normal course of things : the project puts us in parentheses.