Nella Wunderkammer, 2019
Marie Denis, who has always been interested in experimentation, metamorphosis and reworking of nature, is particularly fascinated by the ephemeral nature of the vegetal kingdom and the permanent potential that new techniques and material can give it.
The work in question, Nella Wunderkammer, was created in collaboration with Giovanardi, a company that offered her its know-how and staff and the possibility of using high-performance materials and machinery and of creating works of great visual and conceptual strength.
Without ever losing the focus on the peculiar essence of her work, which is often presented as Herbier de Curiosités and botanical collection, the French artist reinterprets and poeticizes nature, sometimes patinated, mineralized, scanned, assembled or interwoven. Marie Denis's plants world, existentialized, finds new lymph in the interaction with the space in which it is displayed and with the spectator who experiences it.
After studying at Lyon ENBA, Marie Denis completed a residency at Villa Medici in Rome in 1999.
A selection of her recent group and solo shows includes: the group show Imprese, at Alberta Pane Gallery (Venice), Métamorphoses du Quotidien, curated by Pauline Lisowski at Maison des Arts Plastiques Rosa Bonheur, Chevilly-Larue, France (2020); Le Saule qui Chante, Parc Vansteenkiste, Roncq, France (2019); L’Été Photographique de Lectoure, Centre d’art et de photographie de Lectoure, France (2019); Nature des Profondeurs, solo show at Alberta Pane Gallery in Paris (2018); L’Impermanence at the Fernet-Branca Foundation, Alsace, France (2018); De Fils ou de Fibres at CAC de Meymac (2018); Le Désir at Alberta Pane Gallery in Venice (2017); L'Herbier de Curiosités at Centre d'Art et de Nature, Chaumont sur Loire, France (2017); Comme une Fleur at Centre Culturel Aragon, Oyonnax, France (2017); Dans le Royaume de l'Eau, La Brodeuse d’Eau, in Bodenburg, Germany (2017); in 2016 she exhibited L'Herbier Noir in a solo show at Alberta Pane Gallery in Paris.
Moreover, she won national and international prizes and scholarships, such as FNAGP (2015), DRAC Île-de-France (2011 and 2005) and the above-mentioned residency program at Villa Medici, in Rome.
Nella Wunderkammer, 2019
paper plinth, Black Lotus, relief screen printing on steel, cardboard box, Asplenium phyllitis in a copper bath, coconut shell patinated with graphite, Pressed rosette, woven palm tree, ink and graphite patina, canvas box