This mural was created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Conservatoire botanique national de Franche-Comté – Observatoire régional des Invertébrés, on the occasion of the 11th edition of Bien Urbain. To raise awareness of the need to preserve our environment and highlight local biodiversity, Doa Oa focused its attention on a particularly endangered local plant: the Gizia saxifrage (Saxifraga giziana), the only plant species endemic to our region.
Its scientific name “saxifraga” means “stone borer”. Saxifrages are small flowering plants that grow through rocks. Here again, it pierces the stone and makes its way where it is not expected, in this artificial environment where it occupies space, illustrating both the resilience of living things and the warning cry of these discreet species that are silently disappearing on our doorstep…
In its element, the Helvetian sylvander (Hipparchia genava), a butterfly that lives in the same natural environments, accompanies the Gizia saxifrage.
Bien Urbain 11
2 weeks : June 9 to 25, 2023
27 invited artists : ABCDEF (DE) // Ama Split & Riky Kiwy (FR, IT) // Ampparito (ES) // Camille Bondon (FR) // Charlotte Beltzung (FR) // Christina Kubisch (DE) // Clown (FR) // Doa Oa (ES) // Dima Mykytenko (UKR) // Ella & Pitr (FR) // JOUBe (FR) // Ju Hyun LEE (KR) // Justine Caoudal (FR) // Lou Amoros Augustin (FR) // Mary et Jiem (FR) // Mujo Atelier (FR) // MZM Projects (UKR) // le collectif Ne Rougissez Pas (FR) // Red (FR) // Saturn (FR) // Simone Découpe (FR) // Vilx (FR)
Doa Oa (1986) is a Spanish multidisciplinary artist who works in murals, installations, illustration and photography. The artist has carried out various residencies in Spain, Portugal and France, and participated in several exhibitions in Spain.
Botany is her favorite subject. Initiated in 2014, Reforestando is one of the artist’s main projects. She studies and paints a herbarium of the species present in the environment or in the practices of the inhabitants of her place of intervention. She is also interested in lesser-known wild plants. Through her paintings, which detail the different elements of plants, Doa Oa seeks to attract the attention of passers-by and create beauty. Above all, the artist’s interventions are motivated by the urgent need to raise awareness of the importance of the environment and the concept of the ecosystem.
Olivia Jacquot, Anabelle Michon