Born from the difficult experiences of Japan’s 2011 earthquake, the colorful works of Mademoiselle Maurice pose many environmental questions while filling public spaces with a dose of optimism and positive emotions.
“Although light-hearted in appearance, [the] works propose and raise many questions about human nature. After finishing her Architecture studies in Lyon, Mademoiselle Maurice moved for one year to Japan. The tragic earthquake of March 2011 left the French artist with a need to create artistic works that would relate to these events. She was inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, who, despite having survived the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, fell into a terminal disease few years after the attack. Before her death, the girl folded 1,000 origami cranes, becoming a symbol of the innocent victims of nuclear warfare.
Along with embroidery and lace, Mademoiselle Maurice also uses origami as her main technique, creating complex installations made from natural materials. A spiral construction created for the National Museum of Singapore for the festival ‘Masak Masak’ in 2015, was made of tens of origami fish and boats suspended from the ceiling. Although light-hearted in appearance, Mademoiselle Maurice’s works “propose and raise many questions about human nature and the interactions that sustain people and the environment,” the artist explains.
All images © courtesy of Mademoiselle Maurice