Jean-Luc Maniouloux

Visual artist, Jean-Luc Maniouloux, creates delicate compositions made from natural elements where the living meets the sculptural, often with brilliant effect. Immortalized in plexiglass cases, these lyrical scenes draw maps of fabulous micro-universes, where nature can regain its autonomy. Indeed, the bumblebees, ants, and other princes and princesses of the microcosmos hardly seem to care about the obstacles imposed by our manufactured world, and ignoring any constraint, bravely forge their way through each of its counterparts.

Soaked in literary references, the artist transposes the world of the tiny to that of Man, and through this, questions the human condition—therefore, insects would be a projection of Man grappling with a society bathed in the absurd; captive of a perpetual quest for clarity in an unintelligible world. When the myth of Icarus takes the form of a graceful butterfly disintegrating in its fall, the apparent fragility can move us because it would have tried to push the limits imposed by its own condition.

If the imagery makes people smile, it nevertheless invokes the notion of surpassing oneself; an act inconceivable and yet brought to an end, which is inscribed like an Ode to freedom where effort would be both solution and reward. Although frozen in time, the virtuosity of the artist grants him the ability to awaken more of the spectator’s senses and to make this static image an animated work; when the stimulated imagination prolongs the action in thought, one can perceive the sound produced by this collision.