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French Artist Creates Lifelike Sculptures from Soil, Wheatgrass and Recycled Metal

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French artist Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy designs elegant, earthy sculptures from organic materials.

The human-like sculptures of French artist Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy are like nothing that you’ve ever seen before. They literally “sprout” before your very eyes. That’s because they’re made from recycled metal covered in soil and wheat seeds. These earthy and organic sculptures are part of an art series titled “Ca Pousse!,” which means “it’s growing!” in English.

Featured at various galleries and art exhibits in Brooklyn, New York, the Ca Pousse! sculptures are inspired by Roussel-Giraudy’s childhood growing up in rural France. The sculptures begin as simple brown, soil-covered shapes, but they morph into vibrant green humanoid works of art as the wheat seeds begin to sprout.

On her website Roussel-Giraudy says this about her work: “The natural world, ingested as food becomes a component of human being. The power inside it affects every organ of our body. Observing nature and being aware of what and how we eat makes us more sensitive to food cycles in the world — of abundance, of famine — and allows us to be physically, intellectually and spiritually connected to a global reality.”

You can see all of Roussel-Giraudy’s artwork, including other sculptures, photographs and paintings, on her website Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy.

About Trish Broome

Trish is a half Korean hip hop head who writes satire music articles on The Rap Insider and muses over culture and diversity on Mixed Nation. In her spare time you can find her eating kimchi or tweeting at @TheGreenGroove.

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