Amour Perdu, 2017
8 ft by 8 ft by 6 ft
bed sheets, carpet, dirt, doily, DVD player, house paint, found super 8mm film reels, instant coffee, love seat, tables, television, wedding dress, 2x4s
Amour Perdu discusses the promise of love, the fragility of relationships, and their inevitable failure. It presents the viewer with a fragment of a home that has been frozen in time. The installation alludes to a mysterious abandonment, and leaves the viewer wondering what became of the seemingly happy couple on the television screen.
Amour Perdu is the newest addition to Julie Gautier-Downes’ Tableaux Series, which was first exhibited at the Richmond Gallery in 2016. In Tableaux, Julie Gautier-Downes constructs installations; which study home, trauma, and loss. Each tableau, is a recreation of a space that the artist has visited or occupied and represents a real or imagined failure. Her fractured environments become monuments to failed relationships, lifestyles, and dreams.
Exhibitions of Amour Perdu
Hypothesis, Richmond Gallery, Spokane, Washington