The Beauty of Water
Plants Inspired by the location of the villa Noailles in Hyères overlooking the sea, I
decided to dedicate my residency at Sèvres and CIRVA to aquatic plants. A
highly underestimated and versatile type of plant, in both shape and possible
edibility. The beauty of this fascinating type of flora comes directly from its
habitat, the water. The watery home of seaweeds has shaped their nature in
several ways; for example, buoyancy in water has allowed free-floating algae to
minimize tough structural supports and maximise photosynthetic tissue. Some
algae (such as nori and sea lettuce) are essentially all leaf and just one or
two cells thick. They are exceptionally tender and delicate.
On the plates
is a relief of different edible seaweeds, a relatively new food source, or
rather, a reintroduced food source. Unfortunately very unpalatable as it is
sold now, cut up in small pieces, dried or salted, but how can it become popular
again? That is why I wanted to “plate-up” seaweeds in their real shape, the way
they grow in the water.
At Sèvres we
have moulded the actual seaweeds directly within the mould, something that has
challenged the, sometimes stubborn, memory of the porcelain. But finally, we
have created nine different moulds of the six previously explained algae. The
compositions of the seaweeds show and celebrate their characteristics, whether
it is the super thin sea lettuce or the enormous oarweed. Three plates have been painted with three different
seaweeds. Thanks to the skilful hands of the craftsman it is almost like having
the real seaweed on the plate.