Maison Perrier-Jouët presents Planted Air by Garance Vallée
The collaboration between Maison Perrier-Jouët and Garance Vallée originated in a shared vision of nature, expressed in all its diversity, and of Man’s place within it. An artist, architect and designer based in Paris, Garance Vallée has created the installation Planted Air which conveys her vision of one nature, in which all life forms are united, to the point of forming a single entity. For her, “Man is in nature, and nature is in Man” – a notion that resonates strongly with Maison Perrier-Jouët, which has cultivated a relationship of symbiosis with nature since 1811.
With Planted Air, Garance Vallée offers a reinterpretation of the ecosystem of the Champagne vineyard. An actor in this universal biodiversity, the visitor is invited to follow a path through the vines. In the microcosm envisioned by the artist, each vine stock is a sculpture which appears firmly rooted in the chalk-rich terroir of Champagne. Each one reaches upwards with the vertical élan of nature from the earth to the sky. Represented by organic forms that create a universal language tending towards abstraction, plant, animal and mineral life forms are united in symbiosis, an interdependency with no hierarchy. Mixing plays on scale and reflections, Garance Vallée draws the visitor into the installation, bringing about an immersive experience of body and image within the space, through which she lays the foundations for a deeper questioning of our relationship to the living world.
Garance Vallée merges the domains of art, architecture and design in order to explore new relationships between man, the body, space and objects, as well as their links to domesticity, everyday life and intimacy. This approach leads her constantly to reappraise the place of man in his environment and his connection to nature. Embodying a new wave of creative talents embracing eclecticism, she breaks with the constraints of architectural conception to envision a multi-dimensional, decompartmentalised universe.