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:
A feminine bow, breast-shaped, is almost fully drawn and ready to shoot its arrow; in the background, a couple hundreds of arrows are systematically displayed, some of them form a vectoral beam. The apparent order and cold geometry underlie concentration and power. The installation continues the metaphor of illness and the resolute journey to fight it. Throughout the history of mankind, the bow has been both a hunting tool and a weapon, with a string stretched between life and death . In Greek mythology, the Amazons - who allegedly cut off their breast to better shoot - are fierce archers. For an archer to excel and hit the target, it takes relentless practice of specific gestures, bravery and dedication. The artwork is dedicated to all Female Warriors.