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’.
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
In the collection of the Musée Borély des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode, Marseille (FR)
In situ permanent installation Musée Borély des Arts Décoratifs, la Faïence et de la Mode, Marseille
Photographie Gabrielle Voinot
Long Mai, Bain de midi and Bain de minuit by day
Long Mai, Bain de midi and Bain de minuit by night
Works in textile, solo exhibition at Galerie Maud Barral, Nice (FR) 2015