Script

Longo Mai

Longo Mai consists of four companion tapestries: ‘Bains de midi’ and ‘Bains de minuit’, daytime and night time swimming. The work is made up of images found on the Internet; the magic is caused by the alteration of the medium: from an ephemeral image on Google to a voluminous tapestry in a museum.

The bathers, whose bodies are worked in phosphorescent thread, light up in the dark. This is in fact a ‘vanitas in reverse’: capturing that blissful moment of becoming immersed in the water is at odds with the bodies that light up and fade away again.

‘Longo Mai’ is a Provençal expression. It means ‘Let it last’.

Credits

Longo Mai

4 Tapestries, 350 x 160 cm each

mixed yarns, including mohair, lurex and phosphorescent thread

commissioned by Musée Borély des Arts décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode, Marseille (FR), permanent collection

source: Google Images

2013

In the collection of the Musée Borély des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode, Marseille (FR)


Longo Mai overzicht 3

In situ permanent installation Musée Borély des Arts Décoratifs, la Faïence et de la Mode, Marseille
Photographie Gabrielle Voinot

Longo Mai overzicht 1

Long Mai, Bain de midi and Bain de minuit by day

Longo Mai overzicht 2

Long Mai, Bain de midi and Bain de minuit by night


Works in textile, solo exhibition at Galerie Maud Barral, Nice (FR) 2015