Sprouting Soil & Recycled Metal Sculptures By Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy
Images: Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy
Provocative environmental art can range from monumental earthworks to simpler but equally elegant concoctions, like this collection of living sculptures by New York-based French artist Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy. Sprouting green from their soil-and-recycled-metal bodies, they quietly remind us that we are literally made, grow and dissolve into nature's bounty.
Titled ça pousse! (it's growing!), Roussel-Giraudy's earthy work derives from her rural roots in France and a childhood steeped in the values of preservation, traditions and connection with the land. She has a set of powerful watercolours on her website depicting her creative process, and describes her food-based motive in her own words:
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.
The theme of soil and its collective cultural and spiritual resonance as a fundamental sustainer is a continuous thread that Roussel-Giraudy explores in other projects as well, like this map of New York made out of soil and seed.
New Yorkers and Brooklynites can take a look at Ça pousse!, which is currently on exhibition in Brooklyn's Invisible Dog Gallery.