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Mathilde Roussel "Lifes Of Grass"Juxtapoz // Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
An installation that grows with time... pretty interesting concept. French artist Mathilde Roussel created the pieces that would make up Lifes of Grass, to examined the "effects of transformation of the material as a metaphor of the transformation of the body. Time sculpts the forms, makes them change and then decay." The work went on display around the world, including the 2010 Crossing the Line FIAF Festival at Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn.
Roussel's full statement reads:
The Lifes of Grass sculptures show the effects of transformation of the material as a metaphor of the transformation of the body. Time sculpts the forms, makes them change and then decay. In Egyptian Mythology, Osiris is the God of renewal, the one who eternally comes back to life. He is also the personification of the fertile land and the natural cycles: death and rebirth, dryness and fertility. The natural world, ingested as food becomes a component of human being. Through these anthropomorphic and organic sculptures made of soil and wheat grass seeds, I strive to show that food, it's origin, it's transport, has an impact on us beyond it's taste. The power inside it affects every organ of our body. Observing nature and being aware of what and how we eat makes us more sensitive to food cycles in the world - of abundance, of famine - and allows us to be physically, intellectually and spiritually connected to a global reality. (via)