Pour Agnès, 2019
Heart-shaped potato, custom-made jewellery box
17 × 17 × 8 cm (box closed)
Pour Agnès is a tribute work to the late french artist and filmmaker Agnès Varda. She developed fascination with heart-shaped potatoes in “The Gleaners and I”. Silky and cozy, an artisan-made jewellery box is designed to nest a heart-shaped potato permanently.
The heart-shaped potato, looked on as a treasure, lives its potato life – turns green, germinates or roots depending on the mood. Carefully prescribed by the instructions accompanying the piece, the potato should go back to the earth before it decays. The box is to remain closed, awaiting for the next heart to activate it.
Pour Agnès owner's manual:
The piece is composed of a jewellery box and a heart shaped potato, together.
The owner acquires the jewellery box only.
The owner activates the piece by placing a heart-shaped potato in the jewellery box.
The owner must find the potato by his own means.
When on display, the jewellery box must be open and with the heart-shaped potato in it.
While being dormant (potatoless), the jewellery box must remain closed if in private space.
While being dormant (potatoless), the jewellery box must not be displayed at all if in public space.
The heart-shaped potato must be placed back into the earth before it decays.