Le Sommeil, Thérésou

In the storerooms of the Petit Palais, the artist happened upon 19th-century daguerreotypes by Léon Riesener, including a touching image of his sleeping daughter Thérèse. It inspired her to create a lithophane, a process discovered by the artist during her residency at the Manufacture de Sèvres.

The thin moulded porcelain plate is traversed and illuminated by light, which reveals the image in slight relief. The image appears and disappears depending on the time of the day, reminiscent of the sleep cycle.