A love letter to forget
Creased, crumpled : to forget.
What is this mail wasting away?
Nothing is unchanging or impenetrable: even this concrete is going to bend.
A flexible concrete was developed to create this work.
Memory and material. We speak of the memory of materials in the sense that they are capable of recalling an ancient form, or keeping a new form. They have no true history, because that would imply a conscience and a narrative, however minimal. Even in general, as shown in Bergson’s Matter and Memory of 1896, as memory requires a material substrate, like life or thought of which it is but a synonym, it cannot then be understood as a thing.
This is the perennial problem of the relationship between mind and body, from Descartes to Bergson and in the cognitive sciences. Yet some materials record human memory, its history […].
The concrete of Milène Guermont affects us like archival papers, but also in other ways, using our experiences and our sensory and aesthetic memory in the etymological sense. For a number of years this singular artist has complex technological practices to animate this inanimate material – the world of matter. Émilie Bouvard, Art Historian and Curator at Picasso Museum of Paris, 2012