this installation, Marc offered me two small rooms in a house belonging to Felicia
in the village of Ozenay. Each room had once housed an entire family and has
remained untouched since they were last occupied in the 1960’s. Although
‘empty’ the presence of occupation is strong; worn terracotta tiles
on the floor, a soot stained fireplace, electric wires covered with wooden casing
and remains of plaster on the walls, in part painted with red ochre, found locally.
It is this red earth that is very present in the village, used to cement the
stones together and to make paints and renders. I noticed red rivulets running
down the walls in several old buildings where the water had seeped in. Emmanuel
took me to visit the place in the woods where the villagers have dug for many
years; with the earth that I collected, I made the paint that I poured on the
walls to create the running line. By placing a bench, I invited the visitors
to sit and contemplate this intervention, in resonance with the use of the same
material centuries earlier.
In the second
room I installed 3 large ceramic sculptures directly on the worn tile floor,
fired clay on fired clay. As in the previous room, there is a direct material
link which resonates in this work. The abstract forms fill the space with
their physical presence.
vivre le lieu
d'art contemporain, ozenay 2015, commissaire marc de roover