Thursday, 27 February 2014

Sarah Moon Is In London

© Sarah Moon courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

Memory is a funny thing. Sometimes, what you thought you had forgotten comes back to you in completely unexpected ways. This is exactly what happened to me with Sarah Moon's exhibition today. I grew up with Sarah Moon's designs and pictures. She was, at the time, working for the well-known French brand Cacharel. Cacharel represented the epitome of chic. I was 'borrowing' my mum's Cacharel shirts to try to look good. The first dress I bought with my very first pay cheque was a Cacharel dress. And if you happened to have a Cacharel lipstick in your bag, you had to top up your make-up in public with it. It immediately transformed you into an irrestible vamp.

 
© Sarah Moon courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

Here I am, (too) many years later and not living in France any more, at the Michael Hoppen gallery in Chelsea. The magic of her work still has the same effect on me. Some things never change. I am traveling back in time. Is it a photo? Is it a painting? It is hard to say at first, but then I recognise her inimitable photographic style, and I feel like a young adult again. There is something fragile in her work, and an incredible strength at the same time. Maybe it is because the colours want to be bright, but somehow remain toned down. The shapes are always bit vague. In fact, despite being in colours, her work has the strength of black and white photos. Am I making any sense? Probably not. I don't know. In fact, I can't explain it, and I probably shouldn't even try, because art is all about emotions, right? I almost expect the models of to move, because they have clearly been captured in the middle of something. Even the flowers in her photo are on the verge of falling.

I feel like my 15-year-old self again, but without the pimples and the bowl cut. I am grateful for this. If you want too travel back to your teenage self too, the exhibition is until the 5th of April.


19 comments:

  1. I refuse to believe you ever had a bowl cut, Muriel...you are far too stylish for that!

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    1. You would be surprised, Flora...You would really be surprised! I really did...

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  2. I like being reminded of youthful passions...

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    1. The thing is, it can happen anywhere. I really didn't expect it!

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  3. A wonderful sense of nostalgia with this post. I'm sure even at 15 you were very elegant!

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    1. I wish I were...It is amazing how some things can suddenly trigger a memory of something that I thought was lost forever!

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  4. The visceral reaction we have to things from our past always amazes me....Thanks for sharing.

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    1. And it can happen anywhere, right? I certainly didn't expect it.

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  5. I absolutely LOVE Sarah Moon and would give anything to be able to see that exhibit. Lucky you Muriel.

    I can't imagine you with pimples OR a bowl cut. I bet you were cheeky and cute. :D

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    1. She is great, isn't she. Well, I have to say it: I had both pimples & bowl cut. Sad but true, I know.

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  6. Thanks for the introduction to Sarah Moon, I didn't know her name. And for the glimpse into your younger self.

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    1. I am much happier now, that's for sure. Maybe being a teenager is just, you know, a necessary transition.

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  7. You just transported me back when I was a teenager ! I was always wearing the Cacharel fragrance "Loulou" back then, I also had a Cacharel shirt ( stolen from my sister !), and a Cacharel pencil case ( so stylish!!!). I didn't know Sarah Moon, so thanks for sharing... Maybe one day there will be an exhibition in Dublin...

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    1. It is amazing to see how all French girls grew up with the same icons (Cacharel). Just like you, I was convinced that Cacharel was the epitome of chic.

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  8. Isn't is something that you have this wonderful chance to reminisce? We never know what is going to move us, but when it does . . .

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    1. That's exactly what happened to me, Ann. Suddenly, I remembered how being a teenager felt.

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  9. Very intriguing images and I'll try and get to the gallery. It is wonderful to revisit your youth. Yours sounds very French! At 15 I was following the latest hideous British fashion trend :)

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    1. I would be curious to see what the hideous British fashion trends were. It sounds quite funny!

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  10. Thanks for the post! Sarah Moon's pictures are amazing... I found some beautiful Sarah Moon's works in Art Days, here is the link! http://www.art-days.com/sarah-moon/ Enjoy!

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