The Musicalia Authentic Festival runs from Sunday 15th July to Sunday 22nd July in the magnificently decorated St Autbertuskapel of the Monasterium PoortAckere in Ghent (which is now a hotel, so you can stay in cloister of this peaceful former convent that dates back to 1278). The festival features the best Belgian jazz, folk, flamenco, classical, world, chanson and avant-garde music.
This year is also features the work of Nora de Rudder — the “artist who makes lights”. We have always presented her that way on the basis that an artist will add extra levels of meaning to what she makes.
In Nora’s case, she often does this by using an unexpected material, the identity of which is not immediately apparent, because it is out of context. When the viewer does realize what it is, the meaning of the piece changes.
A very good example is the Wing’s Lamp table light, shown at the head of this post (pigeon?), and here, in a white version (dove?):
A light made from feathers — well, it’s beautiful, but other people do that, the best coming from Mat & Jewski. But, hang on a minute, those are not just feathers, they are the complete wings of a bird. Of a dead bird….
Her best known work is the legendary Mussel Chandelier:
But maybe my favourite is the Chandelier of Fragments.
A chandelier made of glass? So what? Aah, but these are bits of broken glass such as you might find around a bottle bank. Now this most refined of objects — the crystal chandelier, in a traditional tent and bag form — is brought into the edgy, threatening world of the urban back street.
Besides the Wing’s Lamps, you will able to to see at Musicalia the Meeting wall light:
an elegant, beautiful piece that suggests that the meeting is beautiful too (not all Nora’s pieces have a Jekyll and Hyde effect!).
And, also is the loving mode (like a big, red SHOUT of love!) a Small Flame’s Heart:
A good note to end on! Do explore further the beautiful, surprising and sometimes shocking work of this artist.