Invited by Christie’s, Mathieu Lehanneur presents 50 Seas, a collection featuring fifty enameled ceramic works inspired by the many nuances and shades of the sea: from the Gulf of Guinea to the Hudson’s Bay, from Antarctica’s Weddell Sea to the Bay of Bengal.
“Although most of the earth’s surface is covered with water, often we only see a simplified and reduced impression of it. The infinite colour variations of the water reveal our planet’s true complexity”, explains Mathieu Lehanneur.
Showcased in the Parisian salons of the prestigious auction house, 50 Seas crystallises the global colour scheme of the world’s liquid environment. Mathieu Lehanneur has selected a chromatic topology of the ocean in order to pay homage to its subtleties. Using high-definition satellite photography, the designer has identified fifty points across the earth and materialised them within large ceramic pieces. As though forming an aquatic relief, the works are enamelled to reproduce the delicate nuances of the ocean. Each piece is unique to suggest the geographic specificity of its environment.
“We have to accustom our eyes and our mind with the subtle disparities of things. Eskimos have 50 words to define the snow, I selected 50 shades to define the sea” says Mathieu Lehanneur.
In continuation of his Liquid Marble and Ocean Memories series, 50 Seas seems to hesitate between solid and liquid, as though suspended in a poetic state of metamorphosis. For 50 Seas, Mathieu Lehanneur has adapted his unique craft procedure to enamelled ceramic, creating a collection of wall ornaments. In this new series, Lehanneur reveals a unique approach to design fusing decorative arts and high technology.
“The whole is the sum of the singularities. This is true of both humans and the seas.”
Mathieu Lehanneur continues.
50 Seas by Mathieu Lehanneur
Exhibition | 18 January – 2 February 2018 | 9 am – 6 pm
Christie’s France | 9 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris
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