This collection is made up of 200-year-old teak wood roots found on the island of Java. Vestiges of a disappearing and abandoned colony, these remnants laid on the ground for scores of years as symbols of nature’s fragility and wisdom. The ancient roots had endured the passing of time while letting it do its work, and they seemed to be gestating, waiting for the sculptor to breathe a second life into them.
“The work of art is not the reflection, the image of the world but it is in the image of the world.”
Discussion with old tree
Led by the urgency of action, of gain and consumption, our civilization lives at a frantic pace. We are forever moving and looking to the future before enjoying the present. Glorifying “having” at the expense of “being”, man runs after his own life on a never ending and insatiable quest. Denying the fragility of his existence, turning his back on his past again and again, he loses himself and continues to repeat the same mistakes. Yet this vanity born from his refusal to keep his place within the universe takes him ever further from his true nature and threatens the environment that sustains him. Today man faces the ultimate paradox: destroying his environment to satisfy the emptiness left by the loss of the meaning of his existence.
This collection aims to confront man with his roots and true nature. The meaning given to this raw material, like a mirror, is an answer to mankind’s interrogations. Sublimating these vestiges of the vegetal empire, the tree root sculpture artist gives life to the bones of a lost civilization.
It is man’s symbiotic relationship to nature that is resumed here, placing man within the universe, in a world re-enchanted.
Teak wood - Sacred tree
Characteristic of Teak is its resistance of weather, durability, elasticity and solid fiber, that are both beautiful and durable. It has fragrant white flowers and papery leaves that are often hairy on surface. Teak wood has a leather-like smell when it is freshly milled. Another reason for the beauty of teak wood products is the special oil content in its heartwood, which makes this wood always seen to gleam. Teak wood is also have antibacterial characteristics. In most of country of south asia teak wood tree is spiritually consider as strong symbol of eternity and as god tree.