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Exhibition: Collecting shadows, measuring foam - Musée National de la Marine

Cultural ,  Exhibition ,  Contemporary art in Rochefort
  • "When I discovered the collections of the Musée National de la Marine in the Hôtel de Cheusses, the model of the Plongeur, the first French submarine built in Rochefort, caught my eye. It is said to have inspired Jules Verne's Nautilus. This model echoed the work I was doing in Meisenthal, at the CIAV [Centre International d'Art Verrier], where I was already working on a project of fifteen or so glass-blown sculptures dedicated to underwater exploration, which are now on display in the...
    "When I discovered the collections of the Musée National de la Marine in the Hôtel de Cheusses, the model of the Plongeur, the first French submarine built in Rochefort, caught my eye. It is said to have inspired Jules Verne's Nautilus. This model echoed the work I was doing in Meisenthal, at the CIAV [Centre International d'Art Verrier], where I was already working on a project of fifteen or so glass-blown sculptures dedicated to underwater exploration, which are now on display in the Bathyskaphos exhibition at the Centre International de la Mer/ La Corderie Royale. What better way to seal the collaboration between the Centre International de la Mer and the Musée National de la Marine, which share the creative work of the same artist, than to extract one of these Nautiloids and present it here in the Diver's Room? Like a fragment of the neighbouring exhibition, the sculpture is installed on long steel legs. Floating in the bluish gloom of the cabinet, it invites the visitor to project himself under the surface of the oceans. This project celebrates the exploration of the ocean floor and the abyss, which has fascinated me for more than ten years, in all its utopian, poetic and universal dimensions.

    In art as in life, Elsa Guillaume evolves to the rhythm of materials and travels. She develops a plastic research dedicated to exploration and marine universes, alternating times of work in the studio, where she models the earth, and times of research in the field, where she auscultates natural environments through drawing, video and photography. From her Brussels studio, Elsa Guillaume creates her sculptures and installations, which she regularly exhibits in France and abroad. Her work has also been awarded several prizes, in particular the COAL prize for art and the environment.

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