Impressed by the cruelty and serene beauty of the Russian icon Head of Saint John the Baptist in a bowl, Aëgerter realises a glass jellyfish, a Portuguese man o’war. She names the work Salomé, after she who claimed the head of Saint John the Baptist from Herod as a reward for a dance that had charmed him. The artist therefore reincarnates the young woman in the form of one of the most venomous creatures, with an icy beauty.
This work was made on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Ici mieux qu’en face’ at the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris, in 2020-2021.
You can watch here a 10 min film, in which the artist and the curators talk about their favorite work.