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LAPIS-LAZULI BOX “OVERSEAS”
THIS BOX IS MADE
STONE – The Lapis-Lazuli is a semi-precious stone. Its name derives from the Latin lapis, which means stone, and lazuli which means azure. It is of deep blue which, during antiquity, made it confound with the sapphire. It has several shades of blue but also golden inclusions of pyrite. We understand why he has fascinated men since the origins. The Egyptians in particular, who went to fetch this stone to Afghanistan, have made a great use of it. Many pieces can be seen at the Louvre museum .
ULTRAMARINE COLOR – In a pictorial context, crushed in fine powder, this stone has long served as a blue pigment for painting : ultramarine pigment. It is widely used by Italian painters, from the 14th and 15th centuries, who could get supplies from Venice. The painting The Wedding at Cana at Louvre Museum, is a good example of this use. It was then very expensive (more expensive than gold at certain times). Later, Vermeer made extensive use of ultramarine blue. This is one of the reason why this box is called “Outremer” ; in order to evoke the historical link between this stone and this color.
CONTEMPLATION OF THE SEA – The box represents the sea and its blue surface. It was conceived as an overseas elsewhere. It is piece of the collection Emerson Islands. These are imaginary and utopian islands.They were named the “Emerson Islands” in reference to the American writer of the nineteenth century, Ralph Waldo Emerson, which emphasized the spiritual benefits of the contemplation of nature.
MATERIALS HAD BEEN WORK IN A CERTAIN SENSE
The box is covered with lapis lazuli by the technique of mosaic mosaic. L.B.C. Objects seeks to exploit the expressive abilities of the techniques. By associating different pieces of lapis-lazuli, the box suggests the diversity of marine landscapes. Depending on the depth of the water, the light, the color of the sky, the sea presents a new face. By this fragmentary technique, the box combines several sensations facing the sea.