The work of Cécile Massart is focused on researching new means of conveying the memory of radioactive waste sites in the landscape.
Proposition Through Art
Cécile Massart is a visual artist who practices engraving, photography, computer graphics, video, sculpture and installations, and creates artist’s books. Her career is marked by encounters with other artists at various workshops and travels throughout Europe.
Between 1977 and 1989 she taught engraving at the Academy of Ixelles and conducted ten years of extensive research in the field of engraving. Subsequently, she taught for fifteen years at the École Supérieure des Arts Plastiques et Visuels in Mons and later at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels La Cambre in Brussels. She is also co-founder of the Art school of Loulé in Portugal and has founded the Carré publishing house.
From 1980 to 1989 Cécile led the projects of the group “Missing Ink” and in 1985 she held a workshop on Copy Art at the Center Inter de Recerca Grafica in Callela, Spain.
Over a period of five years she developed a passion for the pixel and produced two series of works under the titles Graph and Pixel Story.
In 1994, she raised the issue of concealed storage sites of radioactive waste in Europe and worldwide. The resulting artworks appeared under the title “Un site archivé pour alpha, bêta, gamma”. Today, through her artistic work, she intends to educate the public and the relevant authorities about the necessity to clearly identify such sites. For this purpose, the artist is developing specific markers that give current and future generations a strong signal for hundreds of years.
The work of Cécile Massart is focused on researching a new means of conveying the memory of radioactive waste sites in the landscape. After numerous travels in nuclearized countries she exhibited her work and it was published under the title ‘An archived site for alpha, beta, gamma’.
In 2008 the artist designed a series of markers and the book ‘COVER’ was issued.
Her objective is to inscribe this unique 21st century archeological stratum in the landscape thereby calling for the responsibility of everyone. What kind of energy policy do we want for the future? What heritage do we want to pass on?
When it comes to high-level waste the artist opens up new fields of investigation with the "laboratory": It brings together scientists and researchers/guardians among others and it is passed on to future generations. They develop and relay over time the memory of theses sites on the Earth’s surface.
Cécile Massart has works in numerous private and public collections.