Utopia Botanica

5 Jul 2018 – 22 Sep 2018

Event times

Tuesday - Saturday, 2 PM - 7 PM

Galerie Laure Roynette

Paris, France


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Plants, which have always been sources of inspiration for artists, are more and more subjects of observation, understanding and even transformation. They inspire the journey, the dream, the distance. Plants are signs of resistance. Sources of pleasure, pleasure, symbols, plants never cease to hide their mysteries.

According to the times and territories, they are sources of stories, legends, uses. Beyond, the works weave links between the human, animal and plant worlds. They question the need for contact with nature, the utopia of recreating one's paradise at home.

The journey begins with a call to an exoticism, a paradise with the painting of Émilie Bazus.Two photographs of Karine Bonneval, echo rituals, the relationship that the man has with the plant. They guide the visitor to the exhibition. Then, nature comes back inside, like strange plants, coming from distant lands. Zoé Rumeau's herbarium presents plants, with benefits and powers, with stories handed down from generation to generation. Two cactus sculptures, summon images of fairy tales, worlds where nature is metamorphosed. These plants invite to the touch, this sensation leads to restore a sensible link between the man and the nature. Artists also work in the manner of herbalists, botanists, gatherers, they repair and unveil the structures of plants,

Julia Gault's series questions our way of shaping the living. These leaves reveal the internal structure of the plant and suggest its strength and fragility. In Pauline Bazignan, the plant suggests, time, refers to the universe, to the cosmos. From her pictorial gestures, she brings up a plant, lines that transport to infinity.

François Génot's paintings bear witness to the cycle of the seasons. The plant becomes a graphic sign, a trace of a moment, of a natural phenomenon. Karine Bonneval's sculptures question the paradoxical relations we have with the living. They evoke the relationship of the individual to nature, which he domesticated ... They attract by their baroque aspect and make us travel through the ages. This return to the natural elements, at the origin of life on earth invites man to live in balance with plant and animal species. The plant is also a memory tool. Touch, feel, listen to the plant leads to perceive the stages of life. The works invite to relearn, to see the beauty of nature, for herself. They highlight men's interest in plants, admire them and shape them.

Exhibiting artists

Emile Bazus

François Génot

Julia Gault

Pauline Bazignan

Zoe Rumeau

Karine Bonneval


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