Telluris : Studies on a universal mountain
(Mojave Desert, California)
Following her latest project Southern Light Station, which was inspired by ancient cosmogonies and the history of astronomy, Goudal explores in her new corpus Telluris the old theories about the formation of the earth’s relief. Fascinated by the link between a physical landscape and its mental representation, she explores with her structures and images the areas of mountains through what they represent and what they inspire, from nature to universal culture.
Noémie Goudal’s new photographic series establish a dialogue and a questioning about the imaginary and the spirituality that these landscapes generate.
Starting from constructions in nature that will be photographed, this new series consists of structures of four meters in height, made of clear pine wood cleats and inspired by the frames of fake mountain scenery. Their drawings evoke the lines of the so-called ‘sacred’ mountains. However, through this typology of form, the artist here is directly inspired by René Daumal’s Mount Analogue, compares the space of the sacred with a space that becomes ‘universal’ and reaches a new form of spirituality.
As a major project that requires partners, Telluris will first be exposed at the Filles du Calvaire Gallery in November 2017, then at the Edel Assanti Gallery in London in January 2018. The exhibition will also tour at the Fotografiska Museum of Stockholm and at the Finnish Museum of Photography of Helsinki in Spring 2018. Creative Migration, an arts nonprofit organisation based in Los Angeles, is producing the work with Goudal and her team, from the Mojave Desert shoots to future exhibtions in the United States.
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