Baptiste Tavernier is a French artist who has lived more than a decade in Japan, where he studied extensively traditional Japanese arts & crafts and martial arts. His works all revolve around the theme of mazes and labyrinths.
The labyrinth has served throughout centuries as a symbol marking the centre of the world and a metaphor for the city. Roma, Troy, Jerusalem, Arab cities souks, Paris and her Catacombs… I continue this tradition and build upon it: looking down at the worlds great cities, I find inspiration in the logic of land and water and the maze-like patterns of human settlement. However, going beyond simple cartography, the lines I draw unfurl into paths and walls that restructure those territories, from which emerges a surreal universe. Although the labyrinths myths generally refer to long-lost civilisations, the world I depict is often set in a distant future, a prospective result of the sum of modern societies choices. Depraved cities are usually its central character.
In my labyrinthine abstractions I try to address the impact of human decisions on our lives and our environment. Social and political erring ways, careless urbanisation at the expense of nature, blind consumerism, self-diluting wanderings into virtual spaces… I embody our delusions into metaphoric and sometimes satirical mazes.
My main corpus of works thus glimpses into the future, where ruined cities shelter forsaken societies. This might sound as a pessimistic vision of our world, but it is not. I see it in fact as a catharsis and a catalyst to a new consciousness about the environmental and moral catastrophic trajectories that leaders around the world now seem to follow.