The modern artist, Emeric Chantier, has quite a wild imagination. What he does is to imagine people as well as animals as plant sculptures — and they all look surreal. With a combination of natural elements with faux greenery, Chantier makes forms of faces with a luxurious appearance and some twigs emerging from them.
What Chantier especially attends to is the details. Yes, you can think about muscle definition as well as realistic proportions. The result? It’s as if the sculptures are real but strange other-worldly beings. Yes, unusual, but quite connected to our souls.
So, what was the artist’s inspiration? Apparently, it’s his passion for trying to imitate the looks of nature but only in miniature form. Emeric Chantier explains:
“The base of most sculptures are carved resin. They are then covered with synthetic elements and other nature [such as] flowers or roots that are painted and varnished.”
A lot is going on while Chantier is trying to go through the whole process of creating the plant sculptures. Among others, he had to go to French hillsides to fetch for himself some materials. Plus, he sometimes needs to use tweezers. What for? Well, it appears they work best to finish his sculpted work. On one instance, he had to put tiny petals on a sculpture’s cheek.
As for Chantier, his creations are his fantasies of nature. To him, these are three-dimensional representations of strong feelings. These feelings, in turn, emerge from a seemingly innate understanding of how we relate to our dear planet.
The artist further expresses the following:
“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 creative Emeric Chantier crafts plant sculptures, making use of real flowers and twigs in the laborious but passionate process.
The plant sculptures encourage the audience to ponder about the strong connection of humanity with nature.
Source: Emeric Chantier