Soleils Martiens (“Martian Suns”) is French artist Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves’ first-ever solo show in France. Through her installations and performances, using light as her principal medium, she explores the “terra incognita” of space – not unlike land artists of the 1970s.
Her works invite us to gaze up into the deepest corners of space, where light and time obey radically different rules than those we know on Earth – just like in Continuum, the show’s main installation, which depicts a sunset on Mars. Looking at it without greed, and allowing oneself to be affected by it, is perhaps another way of projecting oneself into the unknown.
Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves was born in 1979, in Athens. She lives in Paris and is the 2019 recipient of the Vasarely Foundation Prize.