Cyril de Commarque is the artist showing at the Saatchi Gallery, who lives on a Chelsea houseboat.

 

 

Houseboat

I live on a boat in Chelsea on the River Thames.

I love Chelsea’s streets in spring, when all the trees are in blossom. The river is my favourite spot, and I also love Prezzemolo & Vitale on the King’s Road.

 

Exhibition

Artificialis at the Saatchi Gallery has been created as a response to Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharoah.

It is an installation about the Anthropocene era and the future.

It is a full immersion in a moment of chaos, in which we all have the obligation to readdress our relationship to the future.

The evolution of humankind has added a new parameter in us: responsibility.

 

Spoiling the planet

It is the first time in history that we are creating a better life for today by depriving future generations of their basic human rights.

Artificialis plays with symbols of the past, it questions the language of art and the nature of materials.

All sculptures are made from recycled plastic, metal and wood. I mix in my process robotic and manual work to question our relationship to evolution.

 

Art fighting back

Finally, after so many years when our societies have consciously ignored the ecological necessity, there is a larger movement for change.

Already in the Fifties artists were starting to tackle the topic, and since then one always had artists trying to get their political duties expressed in their work.

I started to work on destruction in the late Nineties, but there is more space for this now.

 

Inspiration

The best part of my job is when you search, experiment and create, and then put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

“I am inspired by nature, humankind and the future.”

Next, I am working on a series of conferences at the French Institute beginning at the end of January on the Anthropocene and the future.

Guests will be talking about the ecosystem, ecology and the city (with AA), artificial intelligence and the loss of freedom.