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.
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