For her project La main paysage (The landscape hand), Marie Denis has chosen the Bee Barn. She has set up a “laboratory” there, where the traditional weaving of wicker, sedge and lucerne will make all kinds of unusual shapes. With really large round or square bundles of lucerne, she will offer a brand new landscape, worthy of Alice in Wonderland.
Revisited, simplified, unified or very architectural, braids, pots, domes, animals, figures, borders, containers, primitive ornamental helmets, capillary plant follies, “cascading” bundles of sedge, bundles of braided and adorned straw, these will all have references to topiaries, to garden stylisation, to mosaïculture and to primitivism.
Marie Denis was born in 1972 in Bourg-Saint-Andéol, Ardèche. She lives in Paris and works everywhere. After studying at the “Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts” [National Fine Arts School] in Lyons, she was a resident artist at the Villa Médicis in 1999.
She works on everyday and universal objects or places. By bending rules, reference points and know-how, she enables us to see them differently, with a poetic imprint.
“The work I do is inspired by all the stimulations, the vivid, irrational and concrete impressions of life, which are for me how the oyster makes its pearl: an accident which produces something enchanting.” Marie Denis