Echo's Bones/Were Turned to Stone, 2020

In the installation Echo’s Bones/Were Turned to Stone you lie with headphones on a hand-knotted carpet designed by the artist.

Punished by the goddess Juno, the loquacious nymph Echo can only repeat what other people say. Lonely and abandoned, she dies in a cave. Her bones turn to stone, but her voice lives on and doubles every sound.

In Echo’s Bones/Were Turned to Stone you hear the voice of a female character, who seems to be trying to organize her thoughts into an anaphoric chain of endless associations, references and facts. She is fascinated by short anecdotes about the lives and deaths of artists, writers, actors, singers, artist’s models, film directors and composers such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Bresson, Lucia Joyce, Alexandre Dumas, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Samuel Beckett, Berthe Morisot, Erik Satie, Delphine Seyrig, Ovid, Mary Wollstonecraft, Isamu Noguchi, Lina Bo Bardi, Honoré de Balzac, Hilma af Klint, Edgar Allan Poe, Billie Holiday, and numerous others. Her countless enumerations alternate with sighs and groans, which then turn into factual descriptions of the functioning of the human body or the condition of the planet. As long as she speaks, she exists. Or, against death, what consolation, if any, is art?

Hand knotted carpet, wool and bamboo silk, 90 × 270 cm; sound piece, English spoken, headphones, 210’, loop

Voice: Caroline Daish

Special thanks to Hanslal and Murari who have woven my rug

Produced by vzw NN with the support of the Flemish authorities