Eva Jospin will be presenting her artwork ‘Chambre de soie’ at the Palace of Versailles from June 18 to September 29, 2024. This will be for the exhibition Eva Jospin – Versailles at the Palace’s Orangery.
‘Chambre de soie’ is a monumental embroidery creation measuring 3,767 sq.ft x 120 ft in length. It will foster a unique dialogue with the imposing architecture of the Orangery, inviting visitors to a leisurely stroll. Inspired by the Embroidery Room of the Palazzo Colonna in Rome and Virginia Woolf’s A Room
of One’s Own, it represents a feat of embroidery. It was produced by the craftsmen of the Chanakya workshop and the Chanakya School of Craft in Mumbai in constant dialogue with Eva Jospin. Each stroke of the artist’s drawing was transfigured into thread through the use of more than 400 shades of silk, cotton and jute skeins, creating an installation in the style of 19th century panoramas. Invited by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Jospin previously presented ‘Chambre de soie’ at the Dior Fall-Winter 2021-22 haute couture fashion show.
To create this striking piece, Eva Jospin drew from her usual themes of choice, namely nature, strolling, and architectural follies. ‘Chambre de soie’ will be presented in the Orangery in linear fashion, thus enticing visitors to wander and engage in an immersive experience. Especially for this exhibition, Jospin will be adding a new embroidery panel to her work. The panel takes inspiration from the groves of the gardens of Versailles, most particularly Apollo’s Baths Grove, which was redesigned at the end of the 18th century by the painter and landscape gardener Hubert Robert. The Orangery’s unique architectural strength sets it apart as the ideal setting for the artist’s monumental embroidery work, while also resonating with it in terms of scale and the theme of strolling.
A visit to Versailles already offers ample opportunity to stroll between groves and waterfalls. This embroidery work provides another, inviting visitors to take their time wandering, like a mise-en-abye within its motifs. As if seen in a mirror, Jospin has succeeded in capturing a different garden, as spectacular as those at Versailles.
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