Laure Prouvost (The day global worming turned my jumper like this)
b. 1978, Croix, France. Lives and works in Antwerp
The day global worming turned my jumper like this, 2018
Sweater, epoxy resin and "sign" (oil and varnish on wood panel). Jumper 50 × 65 × 5 cm, sign 21 × 26.5 cm, metal grid approx. 110 x 30 x 6 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris — Brussels
In a playful commentary on the conceptual tradition of exhibiting existing documents, readymades and artefacts, Prouvost displays her own jumper, which appears to have been drenched in rain or flood water (or perhaps sweat) because of “global warming,” but is in fact soaked in epoxy resin. By giving the abstract environmental discourse a personal dimension, the artist inverts the famous feminist argument “the personal is political” and presents a political problem as everybody’s personal matter. This is a clever move in terms of ecological politics, as most people among the minority which can have an impact on the planet’s fate seem to believe that they can somehow remain unaffected by global climate change.