In this series, Life of Grass, Mathilde Roussel forms sculptures out of recycled materials, soil, and wheat grass seeds. Behind the beauty of watching living things grow, this piece of art carries a message. As the artist states,
“The natural world, ingested as food, becomes a component of the 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.”
In this exploration, Roussel investigates our inner selves and how this space impacts the world around us. As the artist states, she wants to explore “the shape, the color, the dimension of our mental landscape.” Through watching things grow, we begin to see the investment and time it takes to create the food we eat, and also learn to give it more respect. To learn more about this series, and to see more of Roussel’s work, click here.