Materiality and femininity:
The art of Anne de Villeméjane
By Dr Barbara Stehle
Anne’s work goes beyond portraiture to reach the essence of womanhood.
Originally a photographer and painter, Anne soon became drawn to sculpture.
With a play on materialization and dematerialization, Anne’s work reflects a textural journey
Lately Villeméjane’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.
The foundry as her canvas.
“Although in repose, Anne’s sculptures seem to pulsate with life”Jay Bordage, Art Professor
The foundry as a canvas
With a curious mind, Anne has also translated her vision through paintings drawings and collages, her theme revolving mainly around those of femininity and materiality. Her work resides between the worlds of figurative and abstract art or modern art.
Exhibited in various galleries, indoor and outddor bronze statues and her lifesize master piece, "Fragile"-perfect for a sculpture garden have also been shown in prestigious Art fairs such as Art Miami, Art Market San Francisco or Art Aspen.
She now lives in New York with a studio in Long Island City-NY.