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 in this series is 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 mazes.

Derelict/Black 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.

baptiste tavernier
"Derelict / Black i-70100". Mixed media on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2018
Baptiste Tavernier
"Derelict / Black i-602". Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, 2017
baptiste tavernier
"Derelict / Black i-302". Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, 2018
baptiste tavernier
"Derelict / Black ro-302". Mixed media on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, 2018
Baptiste Tavernier
"Derelict / Black ro-602". Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, 2017
Baptiste Tavernier
"NYC 33 Years After Trump". Mixed media on canvas, 94 x 133 cm, 2017

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