Delphine Lebourgeois' Guardians

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Delphine Lebourgeois' Guardians

Opens: 30 Aug 2021

Enter the magical world of the artist's latest project.

Delphine Lebourgeois has been busy recently working on her first outdoor installation. We had the pleasure of catching up with the artist to learn more about The Guardians. Explore the otherworldly images here...

Delphine photographed with her Guardians.

Delphine photographed with her Guardians.

Michel Sauvadet

"I chose my Amazonian figures for their obvious symbol of femininity and protection. Printed on paper and pasted on recycled cardboard, the figures are extremely fragile and prone to weather degradation. The project had to be ecological and ephemeral."

Delphine Lebourgeois

Close-Up of Delphine Lebourgeois' three dimensional Guardians.
Close-Up of Delphine Lebourgeois' three dimensional Guardians.

Close-Up of Delphine Lebourgeois' three dimensional Guardians.

In the artist's words...

In the artist's words...

Pre-pandemic, I lived between London and my partner’s home in a hamlet near Ambert. Though this nomadic lifestyle was a challenge when trying to find a sense of belonging, it offered a certain balance and the best of both worlds. The pandemic however altered this rhythm drastically, and following a year of lockdowns and quarantines in a small London flat, I needed to reconnect with nature and simply get a sense of breathing again. Exhibiting in the wild had been on my mind for some time. The Guardians is a first attempt. I chose my Amazonian figures for their obvious symbol of femininity and protection. Printed on paper and pasted on recycled cardboard, the figures are extremely fragile and prone to weather degradation. The project had to be ecological and ephemeral.

The Guardians can be found on the outskirts of the small town of Ambert in France.

The Guardians can be found on the outskirts of the small town of Ambert in France.

Michel Sauvadet

Did you know?

Lebourgeois has been featured in EA Games' 2019 Need For Speed. You can see her creations, including some Amazonians, as large street art works on the game's virtual street. Independence and power is one of the leading themes throughout Lebourgeois’s work.

"Like street art in cities, when it comes to Art in nature, you can either search for it (if you know it exists), or discover it by chance, which is the aspect that interests me the most. For this specific project, I chose a remote part of nature. The location of the exhibit is hidden in the woods, away from touristic trails, and with very few people usually passing by. Hopefully, the fleeting apparitions will create a certain surprise in the viewer, reminiscent of childhood discoveries: a colourful Easter egg under a leaf, an edible mushroom hidden in a heap of moss, a shiny beetle to capture and keep. Something to do with the magical..."

The artist used ecological and recycled materials to create the installation.
The artist used ecological and recycled materials to create the installation.

The artist used ecological and recycled materials to create the installation.

Michel Sauvadet

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