There are times in our lives when we feel lost and don't know which way to move on with life. In a time like that I was invited by Krinzinger Galerie to go on a residency in Sri Lanka for two months. In this way I was given an amazing opportunity to find a quiet place with my mind and get immersed in the beautiful nature all around.
During my time there, I encountered a rotten tree stump which was being washed up at the beach. Often, when I would walk on the beach, I would find this immensely big stump in a different spot. Some days it would disappear, just to appear again a few days later. I felt drawn to this heavy, black lump and decided to create a sculpture with it.
Video of sound sculpture: A voice can be heard from within the sculpture singing Carmen’s aria from the card scene from Bizet’s opera Carmen
Materials: Wood, MP3 Player. Sound recording. Dimensions: 20 x 24 x 29″
I created this piece on a residency in Sri Lanka organized by Krinzinger Gallery and One World Foundation.
Text and translation of Carmen's aria:
En vain pour éviter les réponses amères,
In vain, to avoid bitter responses,
en vain tu mêleras,
In vain you will shuffle,
cela ne sert à rien, les cartes sont sincères
that serves nothing, the cards are sincere
et ne mentiront pas!
and will not lie!
Dans le livre d'en haut si ta page est heureuse,
In the book on high, if your page is happy,
mêle et coupe sans peur,
shuffle and cut without fear,
la carte sous tes doigts se tournera joyeuse,
the card under your fingers will turn up joyful,
t'annonçant le bonheur!
Announcing to you happiness!
Mais si tu dois mourir, si le mot redoutable
But, if you have to die, if the dreadful word
est écrit par le sort,
is written by fate,
recommence vingt fois, la carte impitoyable
restart twenty times, the pitiless card
Répétera: la mort!
Will repeat: death!
Encore! encore! Toujours la mort!
Again! again! always death!