The net, knotted out of thought-ends (Blue)

Flit net shopping bag; lightbulb
Approx. 90 x 30 x 15 cm

At the beginning of his book Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan, Jean Daive writes:

‘A recollection: near Avenue Emile-Zola, Paul Celan looks for a grocery store. He buys a lightbulb that he puts in a huge netbag. Carrying the netted lightbulb he moves on in a lordly way. And the net hangs heavy.’

The netted bag, mostly empty, mostly nothing, yet hanging heavy with something that will bring lightness: this seemed a perfect image for Celan and his work.

The title of this sculpture is a line taken from Celan’s poem ‘Thick Easter smoke’, published in his 1970 collection Lichtzwang (Forced light).