L'anatomie du jardin (Anatomy of the garden), 2018. Land art project at the Botanical garden of Marnay-sur-Seine, France.
Bamboo poles, willow branches, acrylic paint. 400 x 20 x 5 cm., 50 x 45 x 600 cm., 75 x 60 x 80 cm. Photo Abril M Barruecos
The inspiration for the work “L'anatomie du jardin” (Anatomy of the garden) came from a research on the underground relationships of trees, conducted by the ecologist Suzanne Simard. In her research Simard shows that below the earth there are vast networks of roots working with fungi to move water, carbon, and nutrients among trees of all species. According to her, these complex, symbiotic networks mimic human neural and social networks and remind us a “sort of intelligence”.
In my work a garden is not just a place where plants and trees grow. It is a place, full of life, communication and underground relationships. It is a single living organism with its own anatomy. Five blood vessels, a genome and an organ half submerged into water - the analogy to the human anatomy is inevitable. We humans think we are among the most intelligent species on earth. We search for other intelligent life out there in cosmos but we do not realize there may be such, right here, in our backyard.