Le Mont d’Ici (Mount Here) is a laminated polyester resin structure that captures both the slopes of a mountain - the Hartmannswillerkopf (so-called “Vieil Armand”) - and the curves of a human body. Water seeps into the sculpture’s sinuous lines, interacting with the slopes of the mountain. At the crossroads of geography and anthropomorphism, the sculpture begins with the mountain trails of Vieil Armand that overlook the Art Center. A place of siege during the First World War, the mountain was nicknamed “left thigh” and “right thigh” by the soldiers. A type of intimacy – one tinged with erotic phantasmagoria – thus developed between the army and the landscape.
Sylvie de Meurville
Sylvie De Meurville (1956) is a French multimedia sculptor, stage designer and artistic director, and a graduate of the National School of Applied Arts and Crafts. Her creative process begins with a sheet of tracing paper that she crumples and then un-crumples, creating fictitious mountains whose form recall “the lightness and movement of the skin”. In her observations of nature, Sylvie De Meurville strives to highlight the analogies between the natural world and the human body. Her work has been exhibited at the Faience Museum (2018) and the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale in Malta (2015-2016).