A poetic intertwining of remnants—lingering memories, books read, paintings remembered, the hint of a new season in the air—this is where my inspiration lies. In my work, the resonance of literature, flora, and aesthetics across Francophone Louisiana and France countries and cultures is a recurring motif. This resonance has given rise to an abstract narrative, developed to guide the story of the collection. In collaboration, I’ve partnered with a dear friend, the writer Kristin Sanders, to compose a series of original prose poems, drawing on our mutual interest and immersion in Francophone literature.
Our muse? Colette, whose books and life have long inspired our own: “Her life story glamorous, her writing evocative, an ikebana, floral offerings…” I met her, Colette, at the Grand Palais. When passing Penn’s Collette, our worlds and words became a wellspring guiding the attributes of MARSE. Thinking of the layers within Colette’s writing and in my own designs, my work is
This, I believe, is the perfect explanation of the MARSE aesthetic. My other muse, of course, is the MARSE woman, for whom this collection may evokinge an echo of something from theher past much like a scent recalls a flood of entangled memories, the smell of perfume worn in another country, a secret childhood spot outdoors where she ?dreamed of the beauty that was to come...
I hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt of our collaboration, an assemblage of texts, words, and concepts that inspire us, and an introduction to MARSE: