L'Offrande du Coeur, 1998

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L’Offrande du Cœur was my first installation that regarded research of complexity with the aim of breaking the traditional unitariness of the work.  
The work draws its inspiration from a tapestry made between 1400 and 1410 by an anonymous French artist. The scene, set in a wood, depicts a king while he gives a young girl a red cushion. The girl is sting down, with a dog and several hares at her feet, and holds a hawk in a gloved hand.
Observing the tapestry, I realised that it contained different specificities and so I decided to analyse the three episodes separately in order to create a single installation characterised by a profound ambiguity.
I imagined that the tapisserie could be perceived as an interactive panel and I attempted to create three elements able to grasp three characteristics of the picture. This enabled me to portray a complex situation of an emotional nature where each work coincides with a state of mind.
I made a video featuring a hawk, a glove and a woman representing elements of conflict, aggressiveness and love. 
Another element of the installation inspired by the tapestry is the videosculpture in which a foot plays with a furry toy rabbit to the music of a musical box and gentle laughter in the background. In this case I wanted to emphasise the sensual and ironic dimension with respect to an action where the gesture of the foot has a metonymic aspect.
The third part inspired by the tapestry is a huge photograph depicting a close-up of the hands of a surgeon with a human heart in his hands. The frame of the photograph is lined in red velvet and fake ermine to portray the intimate ambiguity of the picture.

 

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Anonimous, L’Offrande du Cœur, tapestry, 1400-1410

 

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L’Offrande du Cœur, relations between the details of the tapestry and the video images

 

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