Xavier Montoy


  2019 // Matter Matters
  2018 // Poudre aux yeux
  2018 // The Tillers’ Roaches
  2018 // Post industrial animism  
  2016 // Moskito 
  2015 // Corhea
  2014 // Parure
  2013 // Portrait-Robot    
  2012 // Grow



Poudre aux Yeux


In a time when industrial development seem to walk hand by hand with the collapse of biodiversity, we realize that the relationship that exists between humans and other living species is fragile.
My project - Poudre aux yeux - highlights the complexity of the relationship that mankind maintains with its living environment, and invites us to reflect upon this bond.

The first part of the project focalises on beetles :
a species eight times more endangered than mammals, that no one seems to care about. I ironicaly found that their irridescent elytra (stiff outer pair of wings that protects the inner pair when at rest) was one of the most dazzling material that I had ever found on planet earth.

My goal was to create a need for this ressource. After all, if the species were to be extinct, no comparable product could emulate this kind of shimmer effect. By using elytra in a new composite material, and making objects with it, I imagined that it could trigger a human use of those insects.

Could they, thereby, be preserved by breeding ?

Object I

Object II

Object III

Material - Sternocera Aequisignata

Fig : Elytra + epoxy resin



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