Wall mobiles, 2022
Lacquered and gilded brass with gold leaf (24 kt).
Size 160 x 168 x 9 cm.
This work, which is slightly detached from the wall, evokes outsize jewels playing with reflections, sheen, movement and weightlessness; they are comparable to earrings whose scale the artist chooses to modify here to give them an imposing stature.
This series, entitled Captromancie, refers to the presumed divinatory power of reflective surfaces – a belief that has been present throughout the history of mythologies. A glass or polished-metal or an expanse of water were used then as an instrument for glimpsing into the future. Traces of this mystical art can be found in many ancient civilizations, including in Mesopotamia, Greece or some regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
Philippe Cramer thinks of each work in the series as a broad piece of wall jewellery made up of a set of flat pieces cut out in soft and sensual shapes linked by metal hooks. Their precious appearance is created by using brass and gold leaf.