Stéphane Margolis’ creations, conceived like chimeras - fresh plants and flowers displayed and transformed with mineral and artificial matter.
Half-way between vegetation, animal and voodoo dolls, their perishable frailness is captured and frozen by photography and is brought to us in a powerful evocation of a dying planet, a preoccupying theme for the artist, who grew up in the horticultural region of Hyéres, in the South of France, amidst lush flowers plantations and tropical trees.
His training in the traditional Japanese floral art of Ikebana has given him a sense of the sacred and that of a millenary discipline, alongside the humor of occidental surrealism. If nature, since mankind began, has moulded humanity, Margolis take the process in reverse, freezing the living in a never-ending moment of grace.
The exhibition takes place at JOYCE Pacific Place.