“Marble Matters” is a three piece vase object made from carrara marble with dried flowers, designed for the exhibition “Jardin Perdu”, which took place 2019 at Bildraumb01, Vienna.
The exhibition Jardin Perdu invites the spectator into a space that combines installative clarity with poetry. Evalie Wagner arranges plants, paintings and objects into still lifes – as a constructed, transient idyll. “Le paradis perdu”, the lost paradise, refers to the enigma of ideal places, which can’t be located and are ubiquitous at the same time.Evalie Wagner’s delicate artworks with selected plants oscillate between becoming and passing away, symbolic greatness and sentiment. Plants as motifs of art and the garden in its multifaceted cultural significance inspire the artist’s work.
The first impulse for this work came from a fresco in Pompeii and the subsequent trip to botanical gardens and greenhouses, which originated in the Mediterranean region. The artist’s aesthetic vocabulary includes surprising correlations and modulations, which she subtly brings to the present in a playful discussion.