Mathilde Roussel Lives of Grass

Description:
Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Image © Matthieu Raffard and Mathilde Roussel. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Mathilde Roussel Lives of Grass

Description:
Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Image © Matthieu Raffard and Mathilde Roussel. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Mathilde Roussel Lives of Grass

Description:
Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Image © Matthieu Raffard and Mathilde Roussel. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Mathilde Roussel Lives of Grass

Description:
Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Image © Matthieu Raffard and Mathilde Roussel. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Mathilde Roussel Lives of Grass

Description:
Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Image © Matthieu Raffard and Mathilde Roussel. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Mathilde Roussel Lives of Grass

Description:
Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Image © Matthieu Raffard and Mathilde Roussel. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Mathilde Roussel Lives of Grass

Description:
Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Image © Matthieu Raffard and Mathilde Roussel. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

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Mathilde Roussel
Lives of Grass

Lives 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. These anthropomorphic and organic sculptures made of soil and wheat grass seeds 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 might make 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.

Lives of Grass has been exhibited at the 2010 Crossing the Line FIAF Festival at Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; at the French Institute Alliance Française FGH Theater hall, NY; at Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City at The Old Stone House Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and at Anatomia Botanica, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, US.

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