2016 | epistolary and floral action
A weekly action in which the artist shares private letters from his own collection with a local florist, who interprets the contents of the writing in flowers. When each new floral arrangement is unveiled, the artist telephones the gallery and reads his letter outloud through speakers into the exhibition space. An edition of screenprinted copies of the original handwritten letters are exhibited and available for viewers to take with them.
À Fleurer reverses the legendary 1948 correspondence between the French novelist Colette and her Swiss publisher Henri-Louis Mermod, which involved Mermod sending weekly bouquets to Colette to which she responded with writing. The resulting collection of essays on floral themes was published in 1949 under the title Pour Un Herbier.
The first expression of À Fleurer was commissioned by curator Tarin Hughes. Florist Jill Wilges and screenprinter Michael Peterson collaborated with the artist. The letters addressed themes of abandonment, sexual frustration, emotional exhaustion, blocked creativity and the trembling beginnings of new love.