12/2016-on going art research: questionning the relations between nature & culture.
Knowing that we share « 30% of ADN with plants, 70% with corals and 99% with chimpanzees »* is fascinating ! In cities mainly covered by concrete, polluted by light and noise, it is hard to feel that inner connection. Those common genes have taken so long to transfer from one specie to another on the evolution scale that it is less visible to our perception today. I’m still developing ideas to show those resemblances better, like the man-plant one.
My project aims to make those things we share with « nature » more visible, through visuals or tactile sculptures. We need to feel how we belong to the living world. As Descola observes, it is in modern Occident particularly that we opposed nature to culture, when the Achuar Indians only see discontinuity between humans and non-humans. Similarly, Taoism in China has always seen unity beyond the duality yin-yang. The two forces are complementary, like day and night and all natural cycles.
*Ref : Words from the permanent exhibition at Musée de l’Homme
Photos copyright: Axelle Paysant-Le Roux
Creation, Sculpture, Set Ideas, Collages: Marie Paysant-Le Roux
1/ “Collection of artefacts”
2/ “Sleeping landscape”
3/ “Floating rocks, tools and teeth”
4/ “Tree and eye dendrochronology”
5/ “Cultivate our roots”