Paris-based artist Claire Fontaine is using the interesting medium of matchsticks to add depth to some of her newest pieces. We here at My Modern Met have seen some impressive matchstick art before, but Fontaine’s pieces are different in that they make striking political and societal statements.
In the piece above, Fontaine created a giant map of France entirely out of matchsticks. According to the artist the sculpture has two aspects: before and after combustion. “The work evokes the fragile political balance in the country and constitutes a danger in its unburnt state because anyone could light the fire.”
Another one of her works is the word ‘Consumption’ spelled out in 100,000 matchsticks. Fontaine doesn’t work solely with matchsticks but these installations are some of her most fascinating. This past year, she showed these and others at the Air de Paris. We hope to see more fresh work from her in the near future.