Project description: L’Amazone Érogène
The project L’Amazone Érogène is named after a monumental installation created by Prune Nourry in January 2021 and displayed under the central skylights of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, in Paris. The piece staged a swarm of arrows pointing towards a breast-shaped target, as well as a gigantic evocative bow. Playing with the typical symbols of the mythological figure of the Amazon, a female warrior, Prune Nourry offered a striking metaphor of breast cancer. From death, life may arise: the work of art also materialized the potentiality of procreation. The artist is a breast cancer survivor.
Outside in the windows, Prune presented a sequence of displays inspired by the geometrical works of American minimalist artists, playing with perspective and the accumulation of the exhibition's primary object: the arrow.
Description of the artwork:
888 arrows made of wood and feathers are vigorously pointing towards a four-meter wide target, floating against the iconic escalator of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche. The target is shaped as a breast. At first, the artwork evokes the illness attack. Beyond, it carries a message of healing and life. L’Amazone Érogène expresses a sense of potential through procreation, the arrows representing a flotilla of spermatozoa, launched to fertilize the target ovum.
When the installation was dismantled, the 888 arrows were sold (out) by the artist to fund the free distribution of her new book “Aux Amazones” to women fighting cancer.