L'anatomie du jardin (Anatomy of the garden), 2018. Land Art project of three parts and a series of drawings. Bamboo poles, willow branches, acrylic paint, chalk on paper.
The inspiration for L'anatomie du jardin 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. These complex, symbiotic networks mimic human neural and social networks and might remind us of a sort of intelligence.
L'anatomie du jardin was created during a month-long residency at the botanical garden of Marnay sur Seine, France.
A garden is not just a place where plants and trees grow. It is a place, which is full of life, communication and underground relationships. It is a single living organism with its own anatomy.
Five blood vessels coming straight from the ground represent the five main vessels attached to the human heart; A genome creeps up on a tree; one of the kidneys is half submerged into the water and connected to the ground. The analogy to the human anatomy is inevitable. We humans think we are among the most intelligent species on Earth. We search for intelligent life out there in cosmos but do not realize that there may be such, right here, in our backyard.