The meditations of Michel Lariviere have felt the influence of Teilhard de Chardin, who helps us understand that creation always tends toward heightened consciousness and that man is nothing more than a drawn bow aimed at the shores of infinity… The things that Lariviere tells us about are less deliberate than revealed. They speak to us of a hereafter that starts here and now. Lao Tse, the old Chinese master, taught us that all beings bear darkness on their backs and embrace the light. Painting is also a way to conjure the darkness.