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Marie-Anne Franqueville at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis

Crystal as the counterpoint to an organic artwork

For the fourth season of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Marie-Anne Franqueville will work at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, exploring the fruitful interplay between the power of the artwork and the delicacy of the crystal medium.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Marie-Anne Franqueville at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis
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A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (ENSBA), French artist Marie-Anne Franqueville creates intriguing, troubling, proteiform works: drawings, sculptures and installations conceived in a multiplicity of materials, presenting her personal mythology in the form of fairy-tale narratives. Monsters, primitive imagery and organic elements are deployed in shamanic works reflecting her resolutely feminine approach to the creative act.

Mentored by Richard Deacon (her teacher at ENSBA), Marie-Anne Franqueville will work in Moselle (France) from February 2013, alongside artisans at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis. With a rich history dating back to the 16th century, the factory became Louis XV’s official ‘royal glassworks’ in 1767, before discovering the secret of lead crystal in 1781 – the first of many epoch-making innovations developed at this exceptional site. 

Running annually since 2010, artists’ residencies organised by the  Fondation d’entreprise Hermès enable four young visual artists to discover and work with exceptional artisan skills, mentored by established names. A period of immersion in the day-to-day life of the workshops precedes the development of each artist’s ad hoc project. Following a feasibility study, each piece is then created in situ, in collaboration with Hermès artisans.

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