Serge Cournoyer

La Nourrice, 1967

Serge Cournoyer
La Nourrice
Dimensions and medium
Metal structure, plastic, and motor, 87.5 × 61 × 76 cm
Gift of Guido Molinari
Artwork description
Considered one of the Serge Cournoyer’s foundational works, La Nourrice humorously reformulates the great cyclical processes of the natural world through mechanical means. A small potted plant receives enough light from an overhead lamp to produce photosynthesis, while a system that condensates ambient humidity provides the necessary water for its survival. Neither praising nor denouncing the notion of progress, the piece playfully evokes the often-close relationship between artistic creation and the world of inventions.

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