(2014 -2019 ongoing)
In this body of work, Anne Billy explores the place of faith and memory in our private lives and communities. To this end, she reinterprets fragments of regional and religious culture – source materials with a rich history of use, acquired in thrift shops, as gifts and at auctions. The alteration of these devotional objects testifies to a disappearing Catholic heritage and changing social attitudes toward faith. Far from a denunciation, the work raises universal questions about our complex relationship to religious belief.
Handwork practices inspire Anne Billy’s approach to these heritage items. Stitching techniques rooted in traditional women’s work – and interpreted anew in these installations – reflect the artist’s interest in the evolution of social structures.