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CONTRE NATURE

ContreNature is a Design by Eco-Disasters project with an indefinite deadline, divided into chapters.

 

ContreNature tackles the disasters of wildfires, pesticides, plastic-waste through a collection of everyday objects and homeware in tribute to its victims: the forests of Brazil, Greece, Siberia, France, the Pacific ocean, the disoriented bees... This project has only just begun!

Available at Galerie Valérie Guérin 

CHAPTERS

01

Lost Bees

About Pesticides and Fertilizers

02

Inferno

About Wildfires

03

It all goes somewhere

Plastic waste in oceans

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Eco Disaster 01 : Fertilizers and Pesticides

According to scientists, beekeepers and bee enthusiasts, fertilizers and pesticides do not directly kill bees but stun them. They are so disoriented that they cannot find the hive to feed their queen. Eventually, an entire generation of bees starve to death. And the pollination cycle is hampered - from pollen to the bee to the flower to the bee community -  a huge loss for our everyday lives  .

Flatter Series
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Lost Bees Lamp

The lost bees lamp is an ambiguous lamp. It talks about the bucolic habitat of a meadow but also  disorientation. under its light we can see the bucolic world  of a meadow and the bees but not the fertilizers and pesticides. The light it emits is cozy but we would not be able to read or see with it.

MATERIALS 
natural resins, floral inclusions, seeds, pollen, copper, electrical appliances

DIMENSIONS  

 h43 x d25cm

Eco Disaster 02 : Wildfires

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Inferno 

The associated damages from fires in Europe in 2021 were 1,157,525.60 acres of charred forests in the European Union and nearly 500 billion euros, roughly corresponding to the total gross domestic product of Belgium.

 

Inferno reflects on the devastation made by wild fires and denounces the arsonists who are, according to Bachelard,* "the most hidden of criminals ".

 

* book by Bachelard, ‘The Psychology of Fire’ 

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Inferno I

is an ambiguous  lantern  : light and darkness, air and smoke. It conforts, it brings warmth and light as much as it expresses the destructing force.

MATERIALS 
stoneware, dry and metallic glazes, multi-firings

DIMENSIONS  

 h38 x d30cm

WILDFIRES X CONTRENATURE
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Inferno II

What happens when a personal ornamental object is charred by a wildfire? A candlestick is often a precious object to create an ambiance on a table. Inferno II represents the loss of a precious and  beautiful personal object.  

MATERIALS 
stoneware, dry and metallic glazes, multi-firings

DIMENSIONS  

 h38 x d30cm

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Interrupted Meal

A bowl and its serving cutlery dressed on the table were abandoned by the home-owners, the meal and the serving bowl were violently consumed by the wildfire and infernal temperatures.   Interrupted Meal represents a scene of flight, a man-made Pompeian disaster temporarily arrested in time. 

MATERIALS 
stoneware, dry and metallic glazes, multi-firings

DIMENSIONS  

 h15 x d30cm

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