Ça Pousse! – Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy
Ça Pousse! is a great example of art which changes over its duration and in response to the environment. The organic humanoid sculptures are crafted by Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy from soil, wheatgrass seeds and recycled metal. At the beginning of the exhibition the shapes are simple brown mannequins, with the poses solely responsible for hinting at life and movement. As the show continues the grass grows in response to the environmental stimuli and connects the animal and floral.
Roussel-Giraudy says: “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 artist explains that her approach has been heavily influenced by a childhood spent growing up on an old French farmhouse: “The values of preservation, attachment to roots and relationship with land and time, emphasized in my childhood, continue to inspire my work. By exploring and juxtaposing subtle links between anatomy, psychology, ecology and cosmology, I try to understand the mysteries of our inner and outer selves.”
One of the works was actually pinched from The Old Stone House Gallery in Brooklyn prompting the Wanted poster below:
He was found safe and sound in a playground wearing a t-shirt!
Exhibited at the 2010 Crossing the Line FIAF Festival at Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and at the French Institute Alliance Française FGH Theater hall, NY and at Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City at The Old Stone House Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Images © Matthieu Raffard