Limited Edition Print Sale
as part of the Artist Support Pledge
I have made limited print editions available for sale at £200 each.
You can choose from the five different works below, each photograph is a 20 x 30 cm limited edition of 10 and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Artist Support Pledge:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists around the world have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work, exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress Matthew Burrow has instigated the Artist Support Pledge.
The concept is a simple one. Artists make work availbale to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping.)
Anyone can then buy the work. Every time the artist reaches £1000 of sales they pledge to buy another artist's work for £200.
British Journal Of Photography
Sean O'Hagan Best of 2019
"The Guardian’s photography critic selects his top photobooks and exhibitions of 2019 (...):
Of the current wave of young female artists using photography to address the personal and the political, Alix Marie seems to be the most inventive and mischievous. Her mini-survey show of surreal photo sculptures disrupted the often blandly commercial thrust of Photo London, while Shredded, her critique of male bodybuilding culture, was an almost overwhelming experience that made maximum use of the minimal space that is the Roman Road gallery in east London. Influenced by the transgressive writings of George Bataille and the fetish doll sculptures of Hans Bellmer, her work explores notions of desire, gender, the unconscious, and the irrational. The results, by turns compelling and disturbing, are utterly singular. David Cronenberg would almost certainly approve."
29/11/2019 - 22/01/2020
Central Saint Martins
Celebrating 35 years of shared history with the Turner Prize.
Join us for Counter Acts, an exhibition which highlights the extraordinary history the University of the Arts London (UAL) has with art’s most prestigious prize. Since its inception, over half of all winners of the Turner Prize have studied or taught at the University but this is the first time all 6 Colleges have come together to celebrate our unique contribution.
Drawing on a diverse range of perspectives and approaches, the exhibition will reflect on art practices that have defined the University’s past, as well as those which will shape our future.
The exhibition is curated by Osei Bonsu, UAL alumnus and Curator of International Art at Tate Modern. Contributing artists include:
Assemble | Helen Chadwick | Cathy de Monchaux | Jeremy Deller | Gilbert & George | Penny Goring | Antony Gormley | Madelynn Green | Mona Hatoum | Lubaina Himid | Goshka Macuga | Alix Marie | Jimmy Merris | Vong Phaophanit | Laure Prouvost | James Richards | Yinka Shonibare | Mike Taiwo | Anne Tallentire | Nicola Tyson | Gillian Wearing | Bill Woodrow
Between Aeaea and the Rocks of Scylla
The Horse Hospital
Doors at 6.30 pm
Alix Marie & A---Z (Anne Duffau) present a night of sirens sounding, Between Aeaea and the rocks of Scylla where sea creatures emerge at dawn to take you on a journey you might never come back from...
Dive deep into the water with us, and succumb to the temptation of the siren's song!
In correlating with Alix Marie exhibition in Switzerland titled: Sucking on the night, Musée Des Beaux Arts Le Locle
With Performances by
Zoë Marden / Mermaid Rain / Holly Slingsby
Maya Deren / Sarah Duffy / Takata Fuyuhiko / Dakota Gearhart / Evan Ifekoya / Natalia Janula / Tai Shani / Zadie Xa
Sound Piece by
Sucer La Nuit
01/11/2019 - 26/01/2019
Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle
The work of Alix Marie (France, 1989) mixes photography, sculpture and installation. For her first exhibition in Switzerland, the French artist based in London continues her research on our relationship with the body. Alix Marie explores feminine mysticism through various mythological figures. Taking over the third floor of MBAL, the artist inspired by the green room of the museum, has created a space haunted by a feminine presence. Green, – the colour of the wallpaper in the room – is the colour of the other, of science fiction, fantasy, or of witches’ skin, the artist draws inspiration here from childhood and fairy tales. In this installation, Alix Marie also summons sisterhood; collaborating for the first time for an audio piece with two childhood friends. Continuing her research on myths and gender, Alix Marie focuses here on female figures who are part of childhood: the witch, the godmother and the mermaid – ambiguous figures that can be both good and evil and have inspired superstitions and beliefs that have had a major impact on psychology and the imaginary. Alix Marie’s questioning of gender construction therefore combines autobiographical elements and mythology to offer visitors a unique experience.
Peer to Peer
17/10/2019 - 22/12/2019
Open Eye Gallery
A snapshot of the state of art in UK and China today. Forming the centre of LOOK Photo Biennial 2019, Peer to Peer is a group show of 14 artists, selected by 14 curators from across the UK and China. In Liverpool, the exhibition will take place across Open Eye Gallery and the vaulted basement of St. George’s Hall; it will also be shown at Shanghai Centre of Photography in February. The exhibition platforms artists on the verge of major international recognition.
From the UK, Anna Ridler presents her AI-generated projects Mosaic Virus and Tulips, based on handmade image datasets and recently shown as part of the Barbican’s AI: More than Human. Excerpts from Forest, Yan Wang Preston’s recent Sony World Photo Award-winning work will also feature, charting the construction of ‘natural’ landscapes in China. Maisie Cousins began as a Tumblr photographer and was recently named in the DAZED 100 — her sickly-sweet photographic style uses close-ups of everyday objects to make lucid images in which attraction and repulsion collide powerfully.
Orlando by Alix Marie sits somewhere between photography and sculpture: Body parts are crumpled and piled up into a large mound of warped body parts. Othello De’Souza-Hartley’s work unpicks contemporary masculinity, looking at how and why men feel compelled to perform a gender role. Jonny Briggs’ Unpalatable Truths is an unnerving, surreal examination of the cover-up of child abuse on the island of Jersey. Mandy Barker’s Soup tackles the accumulation of plastics in earth’s oceans; she meticulously collects plastic objects from beaches around the world and presents them as constellations, exposing the growing threat to marine and terrestrial life. Siân Davey’s years working as a psychotherapist shine through her photography, which charts the delicate balances of family life.
Fan Xi’s Tree consists of images made from photographing hundreds of trees from many angles, and stitching the photos together into a single organism. The dreamy, buoyant images of Jiang Pengyi’s In Some Time are made without a camera — the artist manipulates darkroom techniques to paint with faint, chemically-created light. Chen Zhe’s Towards Evening seeks to chart people’s slippery relationship with the twilight time between day and night, offering attempts to capture the fading of the day through photos and fleeting text.
Wu Yue looks at the second life of previously popular places, capturing a former nightclub that has now become a nursing home. The stark black and white photographs of Sun Yanchu are loaded with surrealism, showing the strange scenarios that arise in a landscape of urban decay. Playing with the chemical origins of photography, Qin Yifeng captures objects through a process of long exposure, presenting them in negative — through the ghostly shadows the scenes leave on the film.
Peer to Peer is curated by Lindsay Taylor (University of Salford Art Collection), Thomas Dukes (Open Eye Gallery) and Serein Liu (independent curator, based in Shanghai). It is produced in partnership with University of Salford Art Collection, and supported by Branding Shanghai and Shanghai Municipal Government.
John O’Shea, Head of programming at Science Gallery London. Nominated – Anna Ridler
Louise Fedotov-Clements, Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival & Artistic director of QUAD, Derby. Nominated – Siân Davey.
Christiane Monarchi, Founding Editor of Photomonitor, London. Nominated – Othello De’Souza-Hartley.
Scott Gray, CEO and Founder of the World Photography Organisation. Nominated – Alix Marie.
Thomas Dukes , Curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. Nominated – Dr. Yan Wang Preston.
Shoair Mavlian , Director of Photoworks, Brighton. Nominated – Maisie Cousins.
Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Nominated – Jonny Briggs.
Anne McNeill , Director and Curator of Impressions Gallery, Bradford. Nominated – Mandy Barker.
Mimi Chun, Founder and Director of Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong. Nominated – Jiang Pengyi.
Peipei Han, Associate Director of PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai. Nominated – Fan Xi.
Serein Liu, Independent Curator, Shanghai. Nominated – Chen Zhe.
Liu Heung Shing, Founder, SCOP (Shanghai Center of Photography). Nominated – Wu Yue.
Karen Smith , Artistic Director, SCOP (Shanghai Center of Photography). Nominated – Sun Yanchu.
Lu Xun, Founder and Director, Sifang Art Museum & Independent Collector. Nominated – Qin Yifeng.
Vic Odden Award
Royal Photographic Society
"Alix Marie, the London based artist receives the Vic Odden Award, for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a photographer aged 35 or under, studying photography in the UK. Marie’s work spans the mediums of photography and sculpture. Her visceral exploration of gender, identity and the human body has received much acclaim."
TEXTUS EX MACHINA
20th of July – 15th of September 2019
curated by Peter Bencze
AQB Project Space, Budapest
Andreas Fogarasi / Alix Marie / Anna Perach / Birke Gorm / Dardan Zhegrova / Emese Benzcur / Erin M Riley / Josep Maynou / Julie Béna / Klaas Rommelaere / Laszlo Felugossy / Miklos Ederly / Ola Korbanska / Robotto - Otto Szabo / Tenant Of Culture
We Sing The Body Electric
2nd – 28th of August 2019
curated by Camilla Cole
Gallery 46, London
Private View: 1st of August 6-9pm
Opening Hours: 12-6pm Tuesday to Saturday
Juliette Mahieux Bartoli / Ingrid Berthon-Moine / Stine Deja / Enam Gbewonyo / Amy Holt / Bex Ilsley / Laila Majid / Stacie McCormick / Alix Marie / Marie Munk / Fern Lucia O'Carolan / Katarzyna Perlak / Cherelle Sappleton / Karolina Stellaki / Rebecca Wallis
10/05 - 14/07 2019
Roman Road, 69 Roman Road, E2 0QN, London
PHOTO LONDON 2019
Solo Booth with Roman Road
10 photos exploring the art of intimacy at Photo London article in SLEEK
11 Artists we love at Photo London 2019 article in FAD
Photo London: All the Nudes Not Fit to Put On Instagram article in FAD by Paul Carey-Kent
The Financial Times by Melanie Gerlis
EMOP ARENDT AWARD 2019
The nominees for the 2019 Arendt EMOP award are: Carina Brandes, Matthieu Gafsou, Weronika Gęsicka, Alix Marie, SMITH.
The opening ceremony will be held on May 15, 2019 at the premises of the Law firm in Luxembourg / Kirchberg.
Royal Photographic Society
Thousands of nominations, 1,300 nominees, and ten weeks of deliberation, the jury has reached its decision and, on the centenary anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK, is delighted to announce the names of its Hundred Heroines. It has been a hugely challenging exercise given the breadth and depth of talent, and variety of practice, amongst the nominees.
The Jury believes that its choice of the final hundred showcases the best of global contemporary female photographic practice, and reflects the amazing diversity of methodologies and approaches of different generations of women working within the medium.
Speaking about the selection process, jury chair Rut Luxemburg said: “The process of looking at the work of over 1000’s of photographers was incredibly stimulating and inspiring for the jury. It opened up so many new avenues of understanding in contemporary photography practices. The selection of a Hundred Heroines reflects a much larger community of female photographers, those chosen to salute and embody this community are emblematic for their inspiration, advocacy and pioneering spirit.”
With this celebration of the UK centenary of women’s right to vote, the RPS is also acknowledging the need for change within the world of photography. This year has seen a number of initiatives highlighting and attempting to address gender inequality in photography. The RPS Hundred Heroines campaign is proud to be part of the movement that is accelerating the recognition of ground-breaking photographers working globally.
The announcement of our Hundred Heroines should not be seen as the end of the campaign. Instead, it is just the beginning – the first step on a journey to highlight the outstanding work being done by women in photography. The campaign will continue with different initiatives and events, and will also continue to feature stories of photographic heroines around the world.
Adama Delphine Fawundu & Laylah Amatullah Barrayn / Aida Muluneh / Alix Marie / Anastasia Taylor Lind / Aneta Grzeszykowska / Anne Hardy / Annegret Soltau / Britta Jaschinski / Carrie Mae Weems / Chloe Dewe Mathews / Clare Strand / Clementine Schneidermann / Collier Schorr / Cristina de Middel / Daesha Devon Harris / Dana Lixenberg / Dana Popa / Dayanita Singh / Dragana Jurisic / Elina Brotherus / Ellen Carey / Eva Stenram / Evgenia Arbuga / Fatma Bucak / Gillian Wearing / Gohar Dashti / Graciela Iturbide / Hannah Collins / Hannah Reyes Morales / Hannah Starkey / Heather Agyepong / Helen Sear / Helene Binet / Indre Serpytyte / Isadora Kosofsky / Jane Hilton / Jenevieve Aken / Jillian Edelstein / Joana Choumali / Jodi Bieber / Josephine Pryde / Joy Gregory / Katy Grannan / Laia Abril / Lalla Essaydi / LaToya Ruby Frazier / Laura El-Tantway / Lise Sarfati / Lorna Simpson / Lua Ribeira / Marcia Michael / Mari Bastashevski / Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons / Marianne Mueller / Martha Rosler / Mitra Tabrizian / Miyako Ishiuchi / Monica Alcazar-Duarte / Nan Goldin / Natasha Caruana / Newsha Tavakolian / Noemi Goudal / Oksana Yushko / ORLAN / Paola Paredes / Pixy Liao / Rahima Gambo / Rena Effendi / Renate Bertlmann / Rineke Dijkstra / Rinko Kawauchi / Sarah Jones / Shirin Neshat / Sian Davey / Sonja Hamad / Sophie Calle / Susan Derges / Susan Lipper / Susan Meiselas / Tacita Dean / Taryn Simon / Tereza Zelenkova / Tracey Moffatt / Trish Morrissey / Ursula Schulz-Dornburg / Valerie Belin / VALIE EXPORT / Vanessa Winship / Viviane Sassen / Wendy Ewald / Wendy McMurdo / Wendy Red Star / Yagazie Emezi / Yan Wang Preston / Yto Barrada / Yushi Li / Zanele Muholi / Zarina Bhimji / Zineb Sedira / Zoe Leonard
Organized by EMOP
Berlin, 6th of october 2018
Museum Fur Fotografie
Interview by Camille Talent
copyright: Nobert Miguletz, Alix Marie for FOAM TALENT at Frankfurter Kunstverein
Chinese Photography Magazine
Interview by Xu Hao
This Is Tomorrow
LA FEMME FONTAINE
at Roman Road
Review by Kaitlyn Kane
Water declares itself the primary medium of Alix Marie’s ‘La Femme Fontaine’ – its presence in the gallery is inescapable. Running through long, clear tubes, it finds its way into every corner of the space. It scales the high walls only to come back to the ground. It trickles audibly into shining silver bowls and the splashing carries and echoes. It spills on to the floor, collecting in shallow puddles. The disorder of it, untidy and uncontained, is strange to see, seemingly at odds with the modern white walls of Roman Road.
It’s only in the context of the rest of the installation that all of this water finds meaning; throughout the gallery, the tubes are threaded through concrete casts of Marie’s body. On one wall, it’s threaded through the artist’s mouth. In the centre of the room, water drips into three bowls, finding its way through a hand, a breast or a thigh, threatening to submerge them all together.
These concrete forms shape and direct the water, but while some are easy to assign, it takes me several minutes to recognise her back, her neck, or her elbow amongst the collection. The casts are spread throughout the gallery, and Marie’s body surrounds you. They’re mounted on the walls, tucked into corners, littered around your feet, and while the water is insistent, the concrete is unyielding.
This is Marie’s first solo exhibition in London, and with this introduction, she is furthering her ongoing exploration of the body, here focusing on the mythical and cultural affiliations between women and water. There are sirens and river nymphs in Greek myth; the goddess Aphrodite was famously born out of sea foam. In Ancient Egypt, the River Nile was represented by a goddess, and in Arthurian legend, the Lady of the Lake plays a central though ambiguous role in the story. Standing in ‘La Femme Fontaine’, you place yourself in their domain. Surrounded as you are by water, they’re in control.
This, though is oversimplified. For while water might be connected to feminine power, Marie is tapping into other cultural associations as well. In the messiness of the installation, through the discomfort that provokes, she is invoking the idea of the abject, exploring and threatening cultural definitions of propriety regarding the female body and bodily functions. There is much about the female body that is contained by society, much that is deemed impure and inappropriate. The title of the exhibition highlights this – ‘la femme fontaine’ is a popular French expression for female ejaculation, an event of sexual expression that remains contentious and is often censored. In the UK, for example, it is banned from being shown in porn.
In this installation, Marie’s hard, concrete casts seem to lavish in wetness; they are one with the fluids that run through them. They refuse to be the soft, pink flesh that society desires. They refuse to be embarrassed or to be separated from the truth of their reality. They stand solid, for themselves, and embrace and demand power.
LA FEMME FONTAINE
05/04 - 20/05 2018
69 Roman Road
E2 0QN London
13 April – 25 May 2018
Private View: 12 April 6-8pm at The Koppel Project Hive
Performances: 12 April & 17 May 2018
Augustine Carr / Otto Ford / Clair Le Couteur / Alix Marie / WARD
Chantal Faust / Gili Lavy / Samantha Lee/ Anna Skladmann / Andrea Zucchini
The Koppel Project is pleased to present Natur Blick, curated by Augustine Carr and Paula Zambrano, which brings together the work of ten contemporary artists who investigate the concept of ‘scanning’. The works included vary from photography to installation, video to performance, and sculpture as well as accompanying texts by Chantal Faust.
16/02 - 23/03 2018
Ratinger Tor, Düsseldorf
part of the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2018
Opening times during Düsseldorf Photo Weekend
Opening 16/02: 6 PM – 9 PM
17/02: 12 PM – 8 PM
18/02: 12 PM – 6 PM
Opening times after Düsseldorf Photo Weekend
Every Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
and by appointment (please contact email@example.com)
Bleu, Alix Marie's first book published by Morel Books has joined the TATE MODERN library.
MDAM a joint publication with artist Mia Dudek published by The Plantation Journal has been shortlisted for the Anamorphosis Prize and joined the MOMA library.
Alejandro Cartagena selected Bleu as part of his list of the Best Books of 2017 for photo-eye:
"Bleu has me coming back to it over and over again. It is not about what I can understand of it but what it makes me feel, and that is just a mix of things; fragility, disgust, curiosity, sexiness, strangeness, anxiety and many more things. I think it´s this viscerality and entanglement of sensations that never lets you go. You want to come back to try and find peace. But there is no peace in this book. It feels like we are no more than just pieces of flesh, dehumanized and twisted. A gross book that makes you feel alive."
Gabriela Cendoya selected Bleu as part of her list of the Best Books of 2017 for PhotoBookStore Magazine: "An extraordinary book-sculpture of the body, of the surface of the skin, by the french artist Alix Marie. You can feel the shivering through the pages, touch the bruises, examine the secrets. An amazing work."
Sarah Allen, curator at TATE MODERN, selected Bleu as part of her list of the Best Books of 2017 for LensCulture: "Bleu is an immersive journey into the textures, colours and patterns of skin. This wonderfully tactile photobook absorbs the viewer in an abstract world of flesh. Marie works at the intersection between sculpture and photography and it’s fascinating to see how she has resolved these two interests through the form of the photobook."
Bleu est dans les 10 livres photo de 2017 séléctionnés par Libération
The Body is Victory and Defeat of Dreams
K-Gold Temporary Gallery, Lesvos, Greece
Κ-Gold Temporary Gallery, the contemporary art platform founded by Nicolas Vamvouklis on Lesvos island, presents the art project “The Body is Victory and Defeat of Dreams” (from Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke’s poem), that comprises a group exhibition, performances and an educational program in collaboration with the Municipal Gallery of Mythimna.
Curator Dr. Athena Hadji focuses on the human body as a field of glory and a battlefield, as victory and defeat, as the axis around which the exhibition is structured. Participating artists were selected accordingly, so were their works, some already realized, others as special commissions. “The Body is Victory and Defeat of Dreams” celebrates the human body in all its glory and decay. It employs works in various media, various scales, various material manifestations, in order to highlight the variety of ways in which the human body unfolds. Placed in a historical edifice, that bears traces of successive changes of use through time, the works converse with the architectural shell and the texts that inspired the choice of each work. The visitors are thus called upon adapting their somatic response each time as well as respond in toto to the architectural, artwork, and literary stimulants, coming to face in the end their own physical challenges and their personal boundaries. With the support of NEON.
Participating artists | Arcangelo Sassolino, Aimilia Giannopoulou, Lydia Dambassina, Alix Marie, Andreas Stylianoudakis, Christos Mouchas, HOPE, Anna Maria Samara, HART+LËSHKINA, Lito Kattou, Orestis Lazouras, Gjergj Bodari, Louise Plaze
Photography Museum Amsterdam
FOAM TALENT 2017
Each year, Foam Magazine holds a Talent Call: a search for exceptionally talented photographers between the ages of 18 and 35, from all across the world.
Photographers are invited to submit their portfolios for publication in the magazine's fall Talent issue and the accompanying travelling exhibitions. For selected photographers, the 'Talent stamp' functions as a springboard for the international photo industry, earning them global recognition and praise.
The 11th Talent Call was the largest to date, with an impressive 1790 submissions from 75 different countries. Foam is delighted to announce the names of the 20 selected artists, whose work features in Foam Magazine #48 and the Foam Talent exhibition, on show in Amsterdam from 1 September:
Sushant Chhabria (India), David De Beyter (France), Mark Dorf (USA), Alinka Echeverría (Mexico/UK), Weronika Gęsicka (Poland), Wang Juyan (China), Thomas Kuijpers (The Netherlands), Quentin Lacombe (France), Clément Lambelet (Switzerland), Namsa Leuba (Switzerland/Guinea), Erik Madigan Heck (USA), Alix Marie (France), Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti (Italy), Wang Nan (China), Kai Oh (South Korea), Viacheslav Poliakov (Ukraine), Ben Schonberger (USA), Sadegh Souri (Iran), Harit Srikhao (Thailand) and Vasantha Yogananthan (France).
Mia Dudek + Alix Marie
The Plantation Journal
Roman Road Gallery, London
Saturday 13th Of May
2 - 6pm
MDAM is a collaboration between The Plantation Journal and artists Mia Dudek and Alix Marie made on the occasion of their eponymous exhibition at Roman Road.
This new publication takes a compelling look at the artists' experimental approaches to photography and sculpture. While their current exhibition gathers installations and more sculpture-based works, the MDAM book is a playful puzzle that brings together their photographic practices exploring bodily matters.
The Plantation Journal is an art initiative and project space, run by Trine Stephensen, showcasing explorations within the curatorial and photographic fields in the contemporary arts through exhibitions, workshops, events and publications. It presents a carefully curated selection of photographic works related to sculptural photography. MDAM is exploring the format of an exhibition catalogue, introducing work that is not necessarily seen in the show, but that has been essential for the creation of the exhibition at Roman Road.
Mia Dudek + Alix Marie
Roman Road Gallery, London
27th of april - 26th of may 2017
opening on 26th of april 2017
La Femme Fontaine
Materia Gallery, Rome
Opening on 14th of January 2017
Identify your limitations, acknowledge the periphery.
Caline Auon, Jennifer Douglas, Justin Eagle, Sean Edwards, Ditte Gantriis, Maria de la O Garrido, Lauren Godfrey, Ludovica Gioscia, Felicity Hammond, Holly Hendry, Karin Hueber, Alix Marie, McGilvary/White, Paul Merrick, Lucia Quevedo, Charlie Godet Thomas, Aethan Wills and Madalina Zaharia.
VITRINE gallery, Bermondsey Square, London
June 12 - September 11
Katja Larsson - Jay Price - Josie Cockram - Nikolai Ishchuk - Cally Shadbolt - Joella Wheatley - Kostas Synodis - David Watkins - Alix Marie - Silvia Lerin
Clerkenwell Gallery, 20 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1
June 28 - July 10
Robert Cervera, Katarina Hruskova, Alix Marie
Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London
19th of March - 10th of April 2016
Sunday 10 April 4pm - A---Z video programme featuring Laure Prouvost, Zina Saro-Wiva, Tai Shani and Jordan Wolfson.
Curated by Anne Duffau on the occasion of the exhibition Ichor.
PHOTOWORLD MAGAZINE CHINA
Excerpt from Lucy Soutter's new article Expanded Photography: Persistence of the Photographic for Chinese magazine Photoworld :
"Alix Marie is fascinated by the photographic index—the power of the photograph to provide a direct physical trace of the thing photographed. In Orlando, another sculptural installation, a viewer encounters a huge heap of rock-like lumps, which on close inspection have photographic surfaces that looks fleshy, like some combination of skin, wax, pink marble or meat. Each photographic object is made out of close-up photographic prints of Marie’s boyfriend’s skin, mediated with layers of cracked and melted wax, scanned and reprinted. Marie plays on photography’s ability both to capture surface detail and to provide a precious souvenir of intimate moments. Blown up so much larger than life, Orlando’s skin is kind of creepy, and the piece as a whole has a rather obsessive feeling that reflects our attempt to use photography to hold on on to those we love. Other artists working in a related vein (who, like Marie attended the Royal College of Art) include Darren Harvey-Regen and Jonny Briggs, both of whom play with the notion of photographic trace and the push and pull between reality and representation."
French photographer Alix Marie‘s images will have you looking more than once, her exploration of the mutated body pushing the bounds of the medium and our comfort level. Beginning with nude images of herself and those closest to her, Marie takes her photographs and transforms them into large-scale installations and sculptures. The bloated proportions and crumpled flesh deflect and divert from the photograph’s origin, resulting in behemoth forms of something not altogether human. Targeting our relationship and unease with our bodies as well as implied undercurrents of femininity, the series presents a naked intimacy both stripped to the bone and deeply impassioned. We asked Marie about her process and where these figures come from.
- Excerpt from Feature Shoot article