MV’s watercolours are, paradoxically, fires lit by water, fires combining water and pigment colours, fusions of pigments. These liquid fires that he lights in his art devour our images, our money, our giant cars, our commercial fetishes, our contemporary idols. There are a thousand kinds of fires, from the fires lit in the primitive night to the great eschatological fires. The fires painted by MV are Grégeois Fires, a flammable mixture that burns upon contact with water, used by the Byzantines in the 7th century. This formidable weapon made it seem as if the sea itself was burning, vaporizing everything, leaving behind great clouds in the sky.
“… I like clouds… passing clouds… over there … over there …
the wonderful clouds!