The Somnambulic Archive, 2012

The Somnambulic Archive is a series of five 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 The Horse’s Guides, 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.