Martinet has become the art world’s virtuoso insectophile, transforming parts culled from flea markets and car boot sales into exquisitely executed insect forms. What sets Edouard Martinet’s work apart is the brilliant formal clarity of his sculptures, and their extraordinary elegance of articulation. His degree of virtuosity is unique: he does not solder or weld parts. His sculptures are screwed together. This gives his forms an extra level of visual richness– but not in a way that merely conveys the dry precision of, say, a watchmaker. There is an X-Factor here. A graceful wit.
This video on his working method featured on the National Geographic website and won the Vimeo staff pick award https://vimeo.com/165133678.