The Battle of Magenta, 2012
Container, prints, water
Excerpt from an interview with Amie Dicke, by Laura Stamps, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag:
"The idea came to me in response to the (for me) difficult colour of the floors at the GEM. The work consists of a large tray measuring 15 by 6 metres and alluding to the Berlage pond in front of the building. The tray contains a skim of water, in which prints of images from my own archive are combined with archive images of the Gemeentemuseum and its collection. Because the prints are under water, the ink is slowly but surely dissolving, so that the images become blurred and their colours seep randomly into the water.
When I was testing out the idea, the first thing that struck me was the behaviour of magenta. It’s the first colour to seep out of the prints but also the one most likely to stain other images. Magenta die was discovered in 1859 and called after a battle that took place on 4 June 1859, as part of the Second Italian War of Independence, near the town of the same name. That is the source of the title The Battle of Magenta.
For me, the work is about the fact that our memories contain a multitude of images, but that these become faded, distorted or sometimes even completely lost over time. In that sense, our memories are the result of a battle between different images.”