Prune Nourry’s Terracotta Daughters

Prune Nourry in her Xi’an workshop

Born in 1985 in Paris, France, Prune Nourry is a multi-disciplinary artist based at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY.

She draws her inspiration from the issues of human definition and human selection. With a degree in wood sculpture from Ecole Boulle in Paris, Nourry explores bioethics through sculpture as well as video, photography, and performance. Her work focuses on how artificial procreation leads us towards an artificial evolution of mankind and its consequences.

Nourished by in-depth research and largely influenced by anthropology, she has created a triptych focusing on gender preference. This triptych started in India with the projects Holy Daughters (2009) and Holy River (2011). The third part, Terracotta Daughters, a life-size army Prune made in Xi’an, China, travelled the world in 2014 before to be buried this year as a “contemporary archeological site”.

In close cooperation with local craftsmen, Prune sculpted 8 Terracotta Daughters using 8 little girls supported by Children of Madaifu as models.Their individual features were then mixed and swapped around to create another 116 statues.

In support of Children of Madaifu, Prune has dedicated the revenues from the sale of the eight original statues to funding the girls’ education for at least 3 years.

To learn more about Prune Nourry, please visit her site.