With "DELPHES TALE", Dumas explores the story of our conscious evolution in contact with the primordial intelligence alive in our Oceans, Mammals of the Delphinidae family: Dolphins.
Since the dawn of time, myths and legends abound about the mysterious communion between humans and dolphins. Veneered as the messengers of the Gods, their task is to communicate with the children of the Earth. They are the carriers of messages of our progress, the keepers of the “Sacred Breath of Life”, the life force of the Universe.
In harmony with the waves and tides, Dolphins follow the rhythm of the Oceans, singing in their own language ballads of Freedom and Joy...
Apollo himself, transformed as a dolphin, guided men to the future site of the City of Delphi, were Greek Civilization was born.
In 2017, after a memorable encounter in the British islands with a young dolphin and his mother, Dumas travelled to Mexico and Guadeloupe to spend more time with cetaceans, underwater and on boats. Back in New York, Dumas started working with deep layers of clays and pigments which gave birth to her critically acclaimed series of "Whale Fluke Paintings" (2018-2019).
Dumas returned to France in 2019 and began work on "DELPHES TALE". For that series she started to use gold leaf and learned the technique of fresco painting on wood panels while studying the ancient murals of Knossos, of the Minoan civilisation, where the oldest representation of dolphins in history is known.
Olivia de Bergerac, in her book "The Dolphin Within", explains that Dolphins have shown scientifically to have a positive effect on humans by sharing "alpha waves", the state attained through deep meditation. They have been known to help heal autistic children, to save humans from drowning, from shark attacks, to help fishermen by spotting and rounding up schools of fish, and for being friendly and curious about humans while sharing their conscious gaze. The stories of the benevolence of dolphins towards humans abound, from the Greeks to the Dogon in Africa. Scott Taylor, in his book "Souls in the Sea", calls it the "Delphic Wave".
"DELPHES TALE" (2020) follows Dumas critically acclaimed "Whale Flukes Paintings" (2018-2019). Dumas continues her engagement to the Rio Negro Manifesto (written by Pierre Restany in 1978) which calls for an “Art of Nature” and the expression of a planetary consciousness.
In March 2020, During COVID-19, when almost all travel had stopped, Dumas created a unique painting, which was finished on April 22, 2020, to mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth day. The title: Spiritus Terra (La Terre Respire) (The Earth Breathes).
“Deep inside of us there is calmness. Deep inside the calmness there is love. This is what dolphins taught me." - Jacques Mayol.
Jacques Mayol (1927-2001) was a French diver and the holder of many world records in free diving. The 1988 film The Big Blue, directed by Luc Besson was inspired by his life story and that of his friend, Enzo Maiorca.