Lavandière de la nuit # 3
The Lavandière de la nuit series, exhibited in the Claessens Canvas factory in Waregem, is being continued at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris and at Ijsberg in Damme with the presentation of a new matrix. The triptych paints an apocalyptic picture of the threats and violence facing our societies in the Anthropocene era. During the performance, the matrices, inked only once, are printed by hand with soap. The erasure of the engraved motif by successive impressions engages in a gruelling battle that aims to symbolically wash away the evils of humanity. This attempt at catharsis is inspired by the legend of the night washerwomen who were condemned to atone for their sins by washing clothes for eternity.