In situ 


18 Vowels (Black A, white E, red I, green U, blue O), Rimbaud Regained. Self-portraits, 2007
Series of 5 self-portraits with cristal letters blowned in Murano
C-prints mounted on aluminium and acryl, life size prints, 28 x 28 cm each

After "Vowels", a poem Arthur Rimbaud wrote in 1871, at the age of 16:

Black A, white E, red I, green U, blue O: vowels,
One day, I shall reveal your latent births:
A, black corset hairy with dazzling flies
which buzz around cruel stenches,
Gulfs of shade; E, whiteness of vapours and tents,
lances of proud glaciers, white kings, the shivering of flowers;
I, crimsons, spat blood, laughter of beautiful lips
in anger or penitent intoxications;
U, cycles, divine vibrations of green seas,
Peace of pastures dotted with animals, peace of wrinkles
which alchemy imprints on broad studious foreheads;
O, supreme Trumpet full of strange strident calls,
silences crossed by the Worlds and by the Angels:
- O the Omega, violet ray of His Eyes!

(English translation by Paul Mason, 2006)

"A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu: voyelles,
Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes:
A, noir corset velu des mouches éclatantes
Qui bombinent autour des puanteurs cruelles,
Golfes d'ombre ; E, candeurs des vapeurs et des tentes,
Lances des glaciers fiers, rois blancs, frissons d'ombelles;
I, pourpres, sang craché, rire des lèvres belles
Dans la colère ou les ivresses pénitentes;
U, cycles, vibrements divins des mers virides,
Paix des pâtis semés d'animaux, paix des rides
Que l'alchimie imprime aux grands fronts studieux;
O, suprême Clairon plein des strideurs étranges,
Silences traversés des Mondes et des Anges;
- O l'Oméga, rayon violet de Ses Yeux!"