Lived Experience of Time

Lived Experience of Time is a body of work centered around the bronze casting of a tree stump planted on the day of the artist’s birth, by her grandmother in the family garden. The tree was later ravaged by a disease the same year her grandmother passed away. In the manner of an archaeological dig, Roch-Cuerrier began to unearth its roots and immortalize them. The project is both an elegy to her grandmother and a fossilized measure of her own life. By crystallizing the lifespan of this living form, the artist seeks to explore the possibility of materializing the lived and felt experience of time.

Julie Roch-Cuerrier, Lived Experience of Time, 2018, bronze, 13 x 6 x 1.5 cm

Lived Experience of Time is a series of bronze castings of apple tree leaves. By transforming these leaves into bronze sculptures, Roch-Cuerrier explores the concept of monumentality: through the physical and conceptual weight intrinsic to bronze. The new materiality of the leaves calls into question the notion of monument, and the importance given to everyday objects and moments that brings introspection. Recalling a fallen autumn leaf, you could come across Lived Experience of Time on a window sill: the leaf seemingly carried there by the wind. It is a collection of short poems meant to be discovered by chance.

Julie Roch-Cuerrier, Lived Experience of Time, 2018, bronze, 13 x 4.5 x 1 cm