This contradiction may be the root for Edouard Martinet’s fascination for insects, who has become a virtuoso in the art of transforming pieces of cast-off junk collected from flea markets and car parts gathered from car boot sales into unique and stunning insect-shaped sculptures. His workshop, the secluded shelter where old bicycles and other items die to gain a new life in the form of different creatures, evokes the hidden dwelling of some old-fashioned wizard producing magic. And magic is, indeed, what Edouard Martinet does.
Martinet, a French sculptor using as his exclusive media discarded parts from old bicycles, cars and scrap metal, has gained international recognition in his particular line of work and has recently been featured with great success at Sladmore Contemporary Gallery in London, until January 31 last.
Edouard Martinet’s creations stand out for their exquisitely beautiful details and the extraordinary perfection they display. This is mostly the result of the precision and technique used: Martinet does not solder or weld parts. He assembles them by screwing them together, thereby reaching a level of visual richness that would otherwise be difficult to find. This is a painstaking process that can take him from about four weeks to... seventeen years – which was the time his most recent art work took him!
In fact, Martinet’s art works could easily become characters in any fairy tale. Their uncommon beauty would perfectly suit the magic aura of such stories and could well be regarded as having been born from the sun.