Location — Nice
In 2018, Salon 94 asked us to recreate Judy Chicago’s Feather Room for an exhibition in Villa Arson titled ‘Los Angeles, The Cool Years/Judy Chicago’. Or rather: we created a palette of options so Judy could recreate her own work, as she was the final author in every decision we made.
Judy Chicago, Feather Room, 2018, Translucent fabric and certified cruelty free feathers, installation view at Villa Arson, Nice, France
© Judy Chicago / Artist Rights Society New York, Photo © Donald Woodman/ARS NY
The Feather Room is an art installation by Judy Chicago. In 1967, she created a place of softness, in response to the harsh and predominantly (male) art word. In this room, visitors experience a sense of endlessness. Right in the city center, they are disconnected, plunged in silence.
Judy was part of the Light and Space Movement in the 60s, alongside artists like James Turrell and Doug Wheeler. Their installations play with light, translucency and reflections, always with the aim to titillate—or confuse—the senses.
Axel Clissen speaking about the Feather Room for Villa Arson
Recreating the Feather Room was an exercise in leading light, to create an otherworldly experience. In blocking out the natural light that fell through the ceiling windows, we crafted a universe that shut out the real one.
We borrowed nature’s arresting power and the way it gives pause, bringing it to life between four walls.