Pour Agnès, 2019
Heart-shaped potato, handcrafted jewellery box
17 × 17 × 8 cm (box closed)
Silky and cozy, a jewellery box is handcrafted to nest a heart-shaped potato.
The potato, looked on as a treasure, lives its potato life – turns green, germinates or roots depending on its mood. According to the manual accompanying the piece, the potato should go back to earth before it decays. The box is then to remain closed, awaiting for the next heart to activate it.
Pour Agnès is a tribute work to the late french artist and filmmaker Agnès Varda, who had a fascination for heart-shaped potatoes.
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 their own means.
-When on display, the jewellery box must be open 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.