Born in 1991, lives and works in Sète, France.
Naomi Maury’s immersive sensory installations attempt to interconnect elements of various kinds. Organic and plastic materials, metals and plants, technological elements, sounds, lights, manufactured objects and salvaged materials are mixed together in a DIY steampunk aesthetic. The artist plunges us into a world with a post-apocalyptic touch but in which the cohabitation and complementarity of the components open up fortuitous perspectives. Fragility and precarious balance are the essential factors of a constantly changing life, supported by both archaic and technological prostheses, functioning as temporary exoskeletons. Naomi Maury does not stage a sterile world, but complex networks of care and circular ecosystems that thwart the usual dialectics between nature and culture, human and machine. Her installations summon the figure of the cyborg, a hybrid between a machine and a living organism, which makes it possible to overcome the rigid boundaries between the living and non-living, and fights for a cooperative and non-discriminatory coexistence between multiple species.
Cross residency in partnership with the French Embassy in Iceland, the Alliance Française Reykjavík, Nýló - The Living Art Museum and SÍM.
During her residency, Naomi Maury was able to immerse herself in the typical landscapes of Iceland: plains, volcanoes, scattered vegetation, and hot springs come together in a multisensory atmosphere that the artist has expressed as an installation. She experimented with moss and algae to create an organic sculptural form. It bathes in a luminous atmosphere reproducing the Icelandic twilight and is accompanied by a sound track resulting from field recordings.
The installation was shown to the public at the final event of her residency at the premises of Nýló / The Living Art Museum and eventually became part of the museum’s collection.
11/09 - 13/10/2021
Opening 10/09/2021 at 6.30 pm
Opening hours : wednesday - saturday 2-7 pm
At l’Assaut de la Menuiserie, 11, rue Bourgneuf, St-Etienne, France
Text of Isabelle Henrion about the exhibition here