Artist Viviane Le Courtois asked for a simple trade: cookies and tea in exchange for memories and objects from survivors of the 2013 Boulder floods. Like all of her work, Rescued Memories — which is part of The Flood Project: Rising Above & Rebuilding Boulder Through Art, opening tonight at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art — is a process-based installation.
Gathering items, stories and thoughts from local residents, Le Courtois will then turn the pieces into one massive boulder-like structure that will be erected in temporary memoriam in Boulder's Central Park. "If someone tells me a story about something they have lost, I try to re-imagine that object," says Le Courtois, who uses a mold-casting process to recreate the memories physically. Then, along with actual books, glasses, shoes and other pieces given to her by survivors, the artist fossilizes them in porcelain.
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Tonight's opening reception for Rescued Memories begins at 5:30 p.m. at BMoCA, 1750 13th Street in Boulder. It’s free with museum admission, which is $4 to $5. For more information on The Flood Project, which also includes Still Waters Run Deep: Recipes, Stories and Songs by the bARTer Collective and YouTunes, and Nature:Nature by the design team Berger & Föhr and Shark's Ink, visit bmoca.org.
Tue., Dec. 10, 5:30-8 p.m., 2013