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Ariane Michel, in symbiosis with the forest
By Emmanuelle Lequeux

Posted in the present day at 2:00 p.m.

Sooner or later she was roaming the Siberian tundra, "This brief earth, which freezes all the way down to – 40 ° C, the place not a tree grows", when a naturalist with whom she was collaborating identified to her an odd phenomenon, a form of miracle: "It was a willow, however utterly creeping: it nearly blended with the earth. However certainly a tree, which nonetheless survived on land the place there may be none. He made a really robust impression on me, and jogged my memory of how important timber are. "

"Like many individuals, I like dwelling with timber, in an actual neighborhood expertise, it opens up all types of fields of notion"

Ariane Michel didn’t want this assembly to have a presentiment of it: uncommon are the artists as delicate as she to all of the kingdoms of nature. The quivering animal, the agitation of a stone, the resistance of crops… These themes intersect in every of the movies that the plastic artist shoots everywhere in the planet, from the Arctic to Mongolia. On this delicate world map, which she explores with a need to strategy others "Facilities of the world", the tree performs a particular position. "Like many individuals, I like dwelling with timber, in an actual neighborhood expertise, it opens up all types of fields of notion".

She skilled it fairly not too long ago, when she climbed the pear tree in her vegetable backyard within the depths of Finistère. "I used to be perched excessive sufficient to reap the pears, alone with him, for 2 hours. {That a} tree nourishes you, it’s already a present, very highly effective. And after some time, I actually felt the tree vibrate underneath my fingers. Perhaps it's the wind, perhaps I “obtained into” one thing with the beast? "

"Entanglement of each stage of existence"

Regardless of the reply, the principle factor is on this feeling of symbiosis, this "To change into frequent" that Ariane Michel preaches every day and explores from movie to movie. In his eyes, a forest is rather more than a spot to stroll: a mannequin of the symbiosis of beings, from which people may ideally be impressed. "I used to be very struck by studying Satan's weed and little smoke, by Carlos Castaneda (Pocket, 2012). He talks about his expertise with the crops he smokes, however above all about this complete being made up of the crops in every area. We now have positioned our individualistic imaginative and prescient on the tree so much, having an anthropocentric gaze on these supposedly remoted beings; however the tree is a part of a dwelling complete, it’s an entanglement of each stage of existence, from the smallest particle. "

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