contemporary art / history of art

Marie Cagnasso

Born 1965 in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France, Marie lives again in Saint-Laurent-du-Var and works in her atelier in Vallauris, France.

After years in a profession alien to art, and three years living in London, she finally followed her vocation to be an artist.

From 2006 to 2007 she frequented the Ecole des Beaux-arts (School of Fine Arts) of Vallauris – Golfe-Juan and got the diploma “Arts du Feu” (arts of fire). Subsequently she was selected for the one year specialised class “Jeune Createur” (Young Creator) also in Vallauris. In 2009, Marie was chosen for the international contest for porcelain creation of Limoges, France (Concours international de création en porcelaine) to realise her submitted project in a residency in this traditional porcelain town. The resulting artwork was “Zeste de mer”, which was 2010 first presented in the “Galerie des Hospices” in Limoges. Another residency in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary followed 2012.

In 2013, Marie was selected for the exhibitions “Jeune Plasticiens” (Young sculptors) in Saint Raphaël and the “Small Art Object” at A.I.R. Vallauris, where she was one of ten Select Award winners. For her participation at the “Terra Rossa”, Maison de la Céramique (House of Ceramics) in Salernes, France, the jury acknowledged her work in the section “Avant-garde/technicité” (Avant-garde/technicality). Also in 2013, she had her first solo exhibition in the “Galerie Bleue”, Vence. Furthermore, she participated in many group exhibitions at the Côte d’Azur, but as well in Paris and Budapest (Hungary). Her next contributions to group shows will be on view in May 2018 in Théoule-sur-Mer (L’Estérel inspire les artistes) and in June at the Picasso OFF in Vallauris.

Marie’s first great subject are the natural landscapes. Here she transforms her impressions of nature – often seen from a bird’s eye view – into ceramics. Since 2011, her researches and concerns guided her to the inner landscapes. The starting point is the brain. For her, it is a mysterious and fascinating organ, which governs all human beings. Therefore, it is responsible for our behaviours and our relations. Including brains in her artworks, she reflects about the complexity of our existence. Often it is a questioning about internal feelings and the role of the individual in society.

In ceramics, black and white is dominant in Marie’s work, for example in the natural landscapes. Nevertheless, for her creations of inner landscapes she regularly introduces other materials, like the barbed wire and the tree trunk in “Question of Freedom”, our artwork of the month / May 2018. Due to that, other colours are entering in the oeuvres, although her favourite ceramic shades are still present.

Artwork of the month / November 2015

Artwork of the month / May 2018