Five years after the first discoveries in the house that we continue to renovate, here is my new project on the theme of "Material Remains".
Someone just left
Wallpapering over the cracks
Wedding dress I (sleeve)
The new owners, Marion and Guillaume Schilling, had put aside for me a box full of items they had selected from among those that had been left in their crammed old house.
In this box I found a Parisian powder puff with its ivory handle, still in its little box filled with pink rice powder, wrapped in a piece of newspaper dated July 31, 1945 with part of an article on Petain and "freed traitors released"
In this same box I also found a silk wedding dress complete with its veil and coronet, dating from the 20s, and an empty "treasure box".
Empty treasure box
Dressmaker’s Dummy I
A few weeks after the owner found a female mannikin, then two of its feet, all eaten by moths or mice, and dating back to the 1880s.
Dressmaker’s Dummy II
These "discoveries" - hundreds of broken china shards, crushed pots and pans, rusty farm tools, bottles, tin cans, dozens of shoes (oddly never a single pair) and a full iron crib, have formed the core of my collection of rejects. In the following months, I made many more "finds" and gradually I began to have a strong sense of the past inhabitants of this farm and the base of my first exhibitions in the Chataigneraie area.
Debris of blue woollen dress
Debris of square-patterned dress
Debris of red woollen dress (detail II)
Wedding List III
Debris of red woollen dress (detail I)
Wedding List I
Found schoolboy’s jacket
Shadows of three children's dresses
Shadows of three children's dresses (detail l)
Shadows of three children's dresses (detail II)
Shadows of three children's dresses (detail V)
Shadows of three children's dresses (detail III)
Shadows of three children's dresses (detail IV)
These objects, found in a house abandoned in the Chataigneraie area, come mainly from a property near St Santin de Maurs, "La Glaïse", left in its original condition, and containing the material remains of five generations.