European artists have in many different ways found inspiration in art of cultures from other continents, in particular since the beginning of the 20th century but also as part of a tradition reaching much further back into the past. The work of Honorée, although part of this tradition, is hard to capture by employing commonly used concepts of style because it combines such a heterogeneous alphabet of elements. The prevailing reference in Honorée’s work to so-called Exotic Art can be understood as an appreciation of art-forms that were considered “primitive” in Europe for a long time. Postmodernism finally eliminated the concept of evolution from the history of art and confirmed the equal standing of art from other cultures.
There are various signifying characteristics to Honorée’s work. There is the combination of a great number of materials and artistic techniques where the frames merge with the framed in a fascinating way. There is the love for small geometric forms clearly separated from each other. There is the content of signs and symbols from various cultures. Titles like “Samarkand” or “Cordoba” bespeak congeners from old Persia and Moorish Andalusia, while other depictions pay references to Mexico or South America. All of them are still original creations. The fusion of seemingly familiar motifs into a single new context creates an alienating effect and often comes with a surreal touch.
Most of the “Objects” among the works of Honorée are playfully 3-dimensional. They embody the intensity and intricacy of the creational process. The frequent use of various kinds of feathers lends these works a magical and mystical vibe. Feathers are considered as emblems from the realm of shamans and totems all over the world. All in all, Honorée’s exceptional œuvre is the physical evidence of a symbiosis of the cultures objecting clearly to the fashionable thesis of a “conflict of the cultures.”
The title of one of Honorée’s earlier exhibitions, “Notre Monde”, promises a successful and uplifting artistic dialog with the powerful symbols of other cultures that are different from ours and invites our creative imagination to go on a journey around the world.
Freely adapted from a speech by the ethnologist Dr. Andreas Volz (20.02.2008)