Materiality and femininity: the art of Anne de Villemejane.
By DR BARBARA STEHLÉ
Anne de Villemejane’s work explores femininity; she creates delicate, elongated, quiet women. Their poses are reflective, pensive, maybe pre-occupied even. The artist depicts women from the point of view of her inner life, as the works go beyond portraiture to reach the essence of womanhood.
The artist first explored photography, then shifted her focus to painting, exploring the intricate shapes of the flamenco. People were attracted to her colorful representations of Spanish dancers or nudes; the figures were all at once sensual and distant. The women had no gaze, and their body attitude and movement revealed more than their facial expression. Villemejane’s painting seemed close to confession but unafraid of confrontation.
Villemejane later began to specialize herself in sculpture. Her work underwent metamorphosis, as the figures previously seen in her paintings found new life in sculpture. Cast in bronze or built in cement, they found their rightful expression, as their three dimensional physicality gave them a new existence. Despite their slender form, their presence took on weight, and their surfaces exposed a heterogeneous materiality as well as a multitude of abstract traces. As we moved around them, the figures accessed our reality, and gave us a peek into theirs. The threshold between their world and ours became very thin.
Lately Villemejane’s women appear less vulnerable, standing more erect than before. Their faces express a certainty of being, somewhat mirroring the Egyptian portraits of Nefertiti. The artist creates incomplete masks in metal, dematerializes bodies in acrylic, and plays with scale as well as our imagination. Villemejane’s imprint on her sculpture’s surface and her feminine poetry becomes fully distinguishable.
The artist’s latest experiments have revolved around the use of construction materials: metal grids, washers, wires, and nails of all sorts. Exploring beyond the traditional bronze, she delves into both the material and immaterial: from the raw feel of cement to the transparency of acrylic, the artist evolves easily from industrial modernity to jewelry like finish. Her play on materiality nurtures the expressivity of her art.
ANNE DE VILLEMÉJANE
Mark Hachem gallery-Beirut, Lebanon (2013)
Mark Hachem Gallery-Paris, place des Vosges (2012)
Other Selected Exhibitions
Belskie museum-NJ (2019)
Art Houston-Emmanuelle G gallery (2019)
Affordable Art Fair NYC-insight Artspace gallery (2019)
Art Southampton- Emmanuelle G gallery (2019)
Art San Francisco -Emmanuelle G gallery (2018)
Art Southampton-Gallery M (2016)
Art Palm beach-Mark Hachem Gallery (2016)
Art Southampton-Mark Hachem Gallery (2015)
Art Hamptons-Gallery M (2015)
Art Wynwood Miami –Mark Hachem Gallery (2015)
SOFA Chicago-Modus Gallery (2015)
Art Aspen –M Gallery (2014)
Art Southampton –Mark Hachem Gallery (2014)
SCOPE New York –Mark Hachem Gallery (2014)
Art Miami –Mark Hachem Gallery (2014)
Art Wynwood –Mark Hachem gallery (2014)
Scope New york-Mark Hachem gallery (2013)
CAP Kuwait-Mark Hachem gallery (2013)
Art Palm beach-Vivendi gallery (2013)
New Art Fair-Espace Cardin-Paris (2013)
SAG gallery-New York (2012)
Art palm beach-Mark Hachem gallery (2012)
Artemisia gallery –New York (2012)
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art gallery-Scarsdale-NY (2011)
One of a kind Show –New York -(blogger’s choice award) (2010)
Beacon Hill Art walk (2007)-Boston-MA-3d prize
Centre Culturel Christiane Peugeot –Paris- France (2004)
Boston Photo Imaging-Boston (2003) –MA-2d prize
Massachusetts College of Art –Boston-MA-Annual juried auction (2002,2003,2004,2005)