In ancient times, the amphora was used to transport liquids (wine, beer, olive oil) and food. Its shape varied according to its content and its origin of manufacture.
The fragments and pieces of clay found during land or underwater excavations by archaeologists are essential testimonies of the lifestyles and savoir-vivre of this time. They can inform us as well about the places and the manufacturing techniques of these objects, as about the transported goods. Their circulation throughout the Mediterranean sea and then more widely in Europe evokes in me the relationship with others.
The very often anthropomorphic shapes (neck, body and foot) stacked in the holds of boats can also suggest the journey of despair that more and more women, men and children are taking at the risk of their lives.
This makes the amphora a Mediterranean symbol, an essential object bearer of hope, humanist values of exchanges, openness to others, a common interest, good manners together and cheerful knowledge dear to Dionysos, often filled with the drink of Horus (name of wine under the Egyptian Empire) but also a bearer of despair with a sometimes tragic fate. An immense heritage, both Greco-Latin and Judeo-Arab.
Why do these neon light tubes pass through the work ?
A work only exists through the one who looks at it thought Marcel Duchamp, this would amount to saying that without the viewer, this same work would remain in the dark, it would therefore need this relationship to the other in order to exist, to interact and connect with the latter's mind, body and soul.
What soul are we talking about, the soul of the object, or the soul of what it symbolizes?
For the writer François Vigouroux, objects also have a soul, because they reflect our own, fragments of our life, of our personal history.
They open windows into our privacy.
This breath of life is also given to the object by the craftsman who transforms inert matter and shapes it with passion.
It therefore seems essential not to limit the exchanges and circulation of the amphora to a simple inert object and not to forget its human dimension, as Thierry Fabre explains in his book « Eloge de la pensée de midi ».
It symbolizes the Mediterranean soul, a heritage of immense wealth which has its treasures and secrets, a soul in motion, in evolution in the face of time.
The amphora, symbolizing the Mediterranean soul, would reveal to us in his thoughts, in the light of neon, its heavy secrets and its innumerable treasures.
These neons draw trajectories going from one point to another. They cross the amphora like lightsaber shots from this interstellar collective imagination, remind us that our Mediterranean heritage has obscure secrets, which contain their share of solar tragedy, violence and conflicts that still threaten today.
However, we have so much wealth and so many treasures to share, a generous nature, a savoir-vivre, a taste for life that have survived the centuries.