Switzerland's very own deconstructor of myth Valentin Carron has made a name for himself by creating sculptures of commonplace, often rural items, that are key to the Swiss national identity. From casts of the exposed beams of a Swiss chalet to iron shop signs and traditional musical instruments, Carron examines how a collective national narrative forms, by investigating the roots of sentimentalism, mythologies, and symbols in his native… Read more
About the artwork
In typical Carron style, the artist here takes the Swiss trope of a bell and deconstructs its national charge by turning it into a multiple. Displaced and decontextualized, the small object-come-sculpture no longer holds the authority of a symbol of Switzerland, instead revealing the complex sentimentalism attached to and mythologies surrounding rural items like these. Produced in an edition of only 35, Bell cleverly explores the weaving of collective identity in a concise compact manner.