Plumis Vegetabilis, fine felt-tip drawing (black ink) on plywood, mixed techniques (ink, paint, chalk, felt and walnut stain), 2015-2020. This work, like Mirabile Herbarium, Utopia and Murum Vegetabilis, is one of my first graphic compositions integrating colour. It is a reflection of the beginnings of my Specimen collection which integrates the concept of survival and symbiosis processes.
Recently, in 2020, I wanted to contrast the vertical elements: imaginary vegetable feathers and stems inspired by anatomy (spine, bones). These retouches allow the work to be viewed from afar while keeping the graphic details (points, lines and curves). It is a vision, a new dimension that I wanted to bring to older works. Plumis Vegetabilis is a moving landscape, composed of dots and lines made with fine black felt. The background has been realized in a first step. The drawing came later to proliferate on the surface of the board.
So I decided in a last time to bring the graphic elements towards the pictorial. The light comes to rest on the tips of the imaginary feathers. Between tentacles, vegetal and feathers, this work in the colours of earth and wood is inspired by art brut and botanical boards. Between earth, sea and sky, Plumis Vegetabilis embodies a world where Man is absent, where nature takes back its rights.