When studying in London at Central Saint Martins, Tiphaine de Bodman enjoyed wandering the halls of the Museum of Natural History. These strolls left an indelible mark on the creative approach of this young French artist: influenced by scientific diagrams and geology, she deconstructs the architecture of nature.
The questions her art raises about the place of man on this earth, at once a welcoming and hostile place, echo the lively debates of our times. Our culture of excess has diminished our natural resources, and de Bodman gives back a place to Man on her own terms. Her “Mountain Giant” tells us about this ambiguity: the steel rock, with its brilliant facets, is climbed by frail characters. This journey recalls the origins of humankind, our desire to reconcile our intimate individuality with a sense of belonging to the world.
It could be said that these inconsistencies in our relationship with nature are the very things that forge us. Didn't René Char say: "A man without faults is a mountain without crevices.He doesn't interest me”?