Plastic Fever for Urban Flora, the Art of Mathilde Thiennot
Artist Mathilde Thiennot looks like the wild flowers that we meet in the city and which, under their apparent fragility, have roots powerful enough to split the asphalt.
Like them, her head is firmly screwed on her shoulders and her feet firmly anchored in the ground. It takes no less to live on the fringes of ordinary flower beds. Like them, she feeds herself on trips back and forth between heaven and earth and in time, between the perennial and the ephemeral.
Mathilde Thiennot seeks at all times to let herself be crossed by telluric energy and through her work to entrust us with the traces of this passage. Her work is a commitment and an invitation to experience the living in all its forms and to witness it.
For us human beings, it is about not failing in this double mission which is ours, it is about not becoming inert!
The deep energies available to the Earth and that we carry within us are there to remind us of this, and Mathilde Thiennot, through her work, tirelessly guarantees this reminder.
Gathering urban and wild experiences, from pedestrian to climbing, and multiplying creative gears, the artist invents over the course of her artwork a new nomenclature, giving each of her pieces a Latin name as to so many hybrid plants, from as much humus as concrete.
Through the variety of media (paper, canvas, plaque…), materials (ink, lead, coal, cement, cork, etc.) and techniques (drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, engraving, photography…) employed, Mathilde Thiennot strives to express and makes us feel the incredible extent of the world that shelters us and that we shelter.
Change perspective and scale to better marvel … as it is written in the Shin Jin Mei, a work of Buddhist wisdom:
“The infinitely large is equal to the infinitely small,
We cannot see the boundaries of places. “
DMA synthetic materials and architectural decorations – ENSAAMA, School of Applied Arts and Crafts
CAP and BMA staff, volumes and associated materials – Professional High School of Gué in Tresmes
MAF (Best Apprentices of France) departmental bronze medal, Paris, France
Natural Chaos, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery
Saint-Ouen / Paris, France
Food for Thought, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery
Saint Ouen / Paris, France
D-STRUCTURE, Square Art Gallery