From October 12 to November 2, 2020, CAIRN hosted

In Digne, Marie-Ange Guilleminot wishes to implement an experimental project around La Maison de Vie.

La Maison de Vie is a reflection on housing: designing a “minimum/maximum” living space at the service of the person living there. A space that is both standard and customized. The work is designed to adapt and evolve according to each person’s life. This project is the culmination and synthesis of lived experiences. It has been nourished and built from the work accomplished in my practice as an artist since 1991. The work is part of life: I speak of sculpture of use; for example Le Paravent is defined since 1997. This work, constantly enriched, is a first approach for La Maison de Vie… The stake would be to poetically inhabit this house, through gestures of maintenance or rituals that can be carried out with closed eyes. How to find forms in space to which would correspond behaviors, i.e. forms in time? What objects, in a sensitive form, would express the physical and spiritual, ecological and symbolic relationship of man with the world? (cf. Eva Prouteau. Synopsis in Le Scénario de la Maison.) The question of handicap and care is addressed. Each room of the House is redefined in relation to its use down to the smallest details. All the Sculptures of use that I have created since 1992 have their place there. I conceive this House as a work to live in, as an experimental and constantly evolving place. This project goes hand in hand with my activity as an artist and it is in connection with the exhibitions that I realize. The exhibition space is for me, above all, a place of meeting and research, a place of life where the works define themselves with The Other in order to dialogue.

Excerpt from Marie Ange Guilleminot’s note of intent for La maison de Vie.

Marie-Ange Guilleminot lives and works in Paris. Graduated from the Villa Arson in 1985, she obtained an honourable mention at the Venice Biennale in 1997 with Le Salon de transformation. She is very present on the international artistic scene. Le Paravent, nomadic architecture, since 1997 /Residence at the Calder studio and exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Calais in 2000 / Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005 / Kyoto Art Center, 2006 / Centre Pompidou Paris, 2010 / Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier, Poissy, 2012… The exhibition Laps, at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres, presents a retrospective of his entire body of work in 2015, then Destine-moi une maison will be displayed at the La Chapelle Jeanne d’Arc Art Center in Thouars in 2015 as a synthesis or artistic program of La Maison de Vie, which will begin at Maison Horta in the fall of 2019.

Marie-Ange Guilleminot, force field for La Maison de Vie, residence at CAIRN,
October 2020 © Michel-Ange Seretti
Marie-Ange Guilleminot, frottage, residency at CAIRN, October 2020
©Michel-Ange Seretti

In the specific context of the year 2020 and in support of contemporary creation, the CAIRN art center has launched an exceptional residency program to welcome three artists for three-week residencies.