Duy Anh Nhan Duc
“I have a fascination and a deep respect for nature. My creations result from this wonder.”
—Duy Anh Nhan Duc
Duy Ahn Nhan Duc was born in Vietnam in 1983. He moved to France at the young age of ten, leaving behind his homeland and its lush greenery. During his adolescence, the artist focused on drawing luxuriant landscapes to try to reconnect with the vegetation he had known before. His Rotring drawings were illustrations of a fantasy world dominated by a surreal and poetic nature.
The artist soon felt the need to integrate solid matter, form, smell, and colour into his works to surpass the limits of drawing and representation.
A true botanical artist, Duy Anh Nhan Duc chose plants as the main medium of his works and used nature to create his palette.
In the 2000s, the artist produced multiple installations to bring life, light, and oxygen into cities. Whether he experimented with vegetation on telephone booths, designed objects in wheat shoots or revisited the Japanese tradition of apple marking, the artist used living materials to produce ephemeral works of art. Duy Anh Nhan Duc then developed a drying technique that allowed him to conserve plants and create sustainable works, which he presents in the form of herbaria, sculptures or compositions.
The essence of the artist's approach is to understand the structure of the plant without altering it, which allows him to sublimate each of them without changing its nature. Ritually, the artist's work is divided into several immutable stages, beginning with an immersion in nature and the search for an intriguing plant. Next, in order to understand the cycle and evolution of the plant, he studies it for several months.
Finally, when the plant elements have been collected and conserved, a long period of contemplation ensues, during which the artist attempts to capture the emotion brought forth by the plant:
“It must yield its secrets to me,” says the artist “and tell me stories.