The Somnambulic Archive

The Somnambulic Archive is a series of four jacquard tapestries based on photographs from the archive of the Museum van Loon in Amsterdam.

By using phosphorescent threads, objects charged with meaning are brought to light in the dark. These objects are tied up with personal stories as shown in the photographs. The effect, however, is invisible during the day. Thus in ‘Horse’s Guide’, the servant who had to hold the horse by the lead was scratched away and retouched with brown ink. He was literally cut out of the family’s history. In the dark, the deletion becomes all the more noticeable because the scratches and retouches in the tapestry have been rendered in phosphorescent thread


The Somnambulic Archive


Series of tapestries

mixed yarns, including horse hair and phosphorescent thread.


Archival photographs Museum van Loon, Amsterdam

Seanceboek reflector_MG_0146WEB

Seance book
112 x 155 cm

Horse Left Big _MG_0234 20L WEB

The Horse’s guide I
163 x 211 cm

Horse Right Big _MG_0232WEB

The Horse’s guide II
163 x 211 cm

Brulez _MG_0140 20LWEB
Brulez sans ouvrir !
155 x 215 cm