French Artist, Émeric Chantier, uses real twigs and flowers to create sculptures. He also uses faux greenery, combining them with the real elements of nature. He calls his sculptures “a fantasized nature”. And he sees them, as sort of 3-D illustrations.
His sculptures, do not try to resemble animals and people, but rather reimagine them. In a way, that they look otherworldly and real at the same time. As if they do exist, in a mythical land somewhere. Or deep, inside some forest of this world.
“The base of most sculptures are carved resin” artist explained about his sculptures. “They are then covered with synthetic elements and other nature [such as] flowers or roots that are painted and varnished. The work is not meant to be moralistic, but challenging, reflexive, and meditative on the intrinsic link that unites the generational history of the Human with Nature.”
The creation of these sculptures is both demanding and meticulous. Chantier, has to forage the hillsides of his native country of France, in order to find the right materials for his work. And the finishing touches, like placing tiny petals on a face, are applied with the help of tweezers.
His “fantasized nature” sure is captivating, and encourages us, to consider the connection we have, with nature.