1995 – “Songes d’or ou l’origine rêvée” Installation
April 8th to June 11th, 1995.
Installation created between 1992 et 1994. Annabelle d’Huart wanted to capture and immobilise the movement of thought. The result was a surreal set of 23 gilded terracotta vases in various shapes and displayed in different heights.
Inspired by the minimal artists she photographed between 1976 and 1978, Annabelle explored the idea of seriality and created Songes d’or ou l’origine rêvée in 1996 and Déesses 1999. Songes d’or ou l’origine rêvée is an installation presented at the International Center for Contemporary Art and Landscape of Vassivière in 1995 and the following year at the Montenay-Giroux gallery in Paris. It is composed of twenty-three terracotta and gilded bronze vases, standing on rusty tripods varying in height, set on a rectangle of finely sifted earth which measures 4 meters by 8 meters. The work toys with the idea of form. Though similar, each vase is slightly different from the next, the sizes vary, the handles change shape and the silhouette of the body shifts. Perched on these thin metal stems, it is almost as if they are floating. It is as if the viewer is inside the mind of someone who is trying to remember a vase they glimpsed and we see all the permutations their mind has created. The work reveals the asymmetry between vision and memory and captures the precise moment between memory and imagination.
Location: Contemporary Art Centre of Vassivière-en-Limousin.