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2012 Artist-in-Residence

Mathilde Roussel - Anatomia Botanica

Mathilde Roussel is a French artist born in 1983. She grew up on a farm in Normandy, France, an experience which helped cultivate her awareness of human relationship with nature, land and time. She studied graphic arts and photography in Paris and Vienna. After graduating, she spent several years living and working in Brooklyn, NY, studying art critical vocabulary at New York University and sculpture and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts. In 2011, she was a Visiting Artist at the University of Iowa. Roussel first gained national attention when she lived in Brooklyn, where she exhibited her Lifes of Grass - sculptures made from soil and wheat resembling human bodies. In France, Roussel has been critically acclaimed in Beaux Arts Magazine and Le Figaro as a talented young artist to watch.

During her residency, Roussel created an installation at Cheekwood featuring Lifes of Grass sculptures that literally sprouted and grew on site. This exhibition also featured drawings, sculptures and outdoor fabric installations that played with botany and the human body. Throughout her residency, Roussel utilized studio space at Watkins College of Arts, Design & Film, working with student volunteers, and conducting a student workshop. Her work was also prominently featured at Cheekwood’s annual Antiques & Garden show at the downtown convention center.

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