The forest

Bassilière Valentin | Belgium

This book traces the journey of a child, during a playful walk in the forest. A project formed as a metaphor where we follow the flow of dialogues between Noah, my character, and the woods, present here in a roundabout way as a place of social interactions.

The forest thus speaks of relationships and a form of cycle of violence. Noah is hurt by the forest, accumulates frustration and does not know what to do with it. It will come out in an uncontrolled way, during a moment when Noah will want to hurt in his turn a more fragile life form, the chestnut. Later, Noah will explore, play in this forest while unconsciously crushing some of the life forms that are there. The ashes of the few branches will then serve as fertile ground for the child's reflection on the way he has reproduced the violence he has suffered and on the place he has/wants in his interactions. A small journey towards tenderness and empathy.

Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (BE)
Graduation: 2022