The cultural artefact in the Provençal landscape

3 illustrations of found artefacts

During walks near Oppède-le-Vieux, but equally, in other areas between the Luberon and the Monts de Vaucluse, it is not inconceivable that you will find stones with inscriptions or sculpted into some rough shape.

These artefacts provide information about the culture of their creators and users. I wondered what I could do with it in my visual research and deep mapping project. (from Oppède-le-Vieux to Sénanque)

Why would I sketch and keep an archive on these items? I found a clue in a quote I noted reading John Berger:

“The drawing goes on every day. It is that rare thing that gives you a chance of very close identification with something, or somebody, who is not you .”

On the second slide (click on the small arrow on the right of the picture), you can see part of the stroll in a typical Provencal landscape that must not have looked so different in the 12th century. The sketches are of artefacts found nearby. They are small and sort of record of the experience for later use.

One response to “The cultural artefact in the Provençal landscape”

  1. Je vous ai envoyé un email hier soir 12 septembre.

    Luisella Simpson

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