nowhere bodies

The Cabin, Los Angeles - Casa Maauad, Mexico City 2015

Nowhere bodies is a series of totemic sculptures created by Théo Mercier upon his arrival in Mexico in 2015. Incorporating spiritual and profane objects found in Mexico, these sculptures are the fruit of a renewed way of seeing and the inspiration aroused by the discovery of a new culture. Recovered from the ruins of a crumbling colonial house in Mexico, the timber that serves as the base for this series of idols was turned on a lathe – a process which brings to mind traditional wheel-thrown ceramics. Assembled vertically, these multicultural idols with their naively cheerful appearance, display a combination of rotation, collapse and reconstruction. A composite vision not unlike the process of transformation and reduction used by cultural enterprises.

Nowhere bodies, lathed wood, censers, teeth, 2015