The Mind-Bending Tree Sculptures of “Monsieur Plant”, Sarah Rose Sharp, δημοσίευση στο Hyperallergic [17/10/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Anyone who has encountered a living tree slowly integrating with an adjacent metal fence, or patiently absorbing an affixed street sign over the course of decades, can bear testament to the incredibly adaptive power of trees. French artist Christophe Guinet, who uses the moniker Monsieur Plant, has drawn inspiration from this arboreal superpower to create TWIST, a series of sculptural works that mimic the ability of trees to assume other forms.
Guinet’s works are achieved through a meticulous plaster-sculpting process before being covered in pine bark to create the illusion of a real tree trunk. The final effect is double-take worthy and thoroughly defies logic, even at close view.
“It was during my walks in the forest that I was inspired to create this project, by observing the way trees grow and their unusual, unique, humorous shapes,” Guinet told Hyperallergic. “[It raised] questions for me about adaptation in its environment and to what extent nature can surprise me.”
There are five large sculptures in the collection, with forms ranging from identifiable symbols like a heart and infinity loop to common configurations, like the spring coil and knot. The largest, most complex work, “Wooden Lace,” presents an intricate confluence of tree forms.
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