Employing a wide range of materials, Michel François creates environments of strange resonance and spaces of contemplation which unsettle relationships between natural and synthetic objects. His conceptual practice includes sculpture, video, photography, printed matter, painting, and installation.
The meanings in his works accumulate over time and vary according to their disposition in space, or the context. In a manner similar to that of the Arte Povera artists, François uses great economy of means to transform seemingly uncomplicated objects and materials, or traces of past events, into deeply resonant carriers of meaning. His work can be seen as exploration of cause and effect, and the ways in which simple gestures can change the status of an object or have important consequences.