Melencolia

$2,201
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20 x 22 cm
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Oil painting
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Limited edition of 3
Dimensions
20 x 22 cm
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Melencolia weaves a direct link between Marie Guerrier’s sculptural and jewellery work: a geometric volume made of metal and concrete, which is similar to an imposing jewel.

The shape of this sculpture was inspired by the Melencolia engraving of the painter and theorist A. Dürer, dating from 1514. This emblematic work of Art History is an allegory that brings together many symbolic elements on the theme of melancholy. One of them, the "Polyhedron" (also called "Dürer Solid") caught his attention.

Like a large piece of carved granite, the two-dimensional representation of this polygon suggests great questioning, because it does not allow us to define precisely the different planes, angles, and dimensions of the mysterious volume. Many mathematicians and physicists have studied it to find out its secret. We also found the presence of the Golden Number and the Magic Square. A volume representation was eventually concluded but remained purely theoretical. It is this that Marie Guerrier decided to exploit in her sculpture, rigorously respecting the proportions and directions of each of the faces. She built the skeleton of her polyhedron in stainless steel, and filled it half full with concrete reminiscent of the stone block of the famous engraving.

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Marie Guerrier

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BORDEAUX (33), FRANCE

15 works

Born in Paris into a family of multi-talented artists, Marie Guerrier, 26, specializes in metalworking. Her universe is inspired by nature and the world of minerals that have fascinated her since childhood. Attentive to the world of Science and Art, she develops her know-how by sculpting the material with patience, rigour and technical requirements. Geometry, by its universal and timeless beauty, occupies a central place in his work. Used as a graphic and symbolic bias, it is also an essential construction tool. In search of balance and poetry, his work challenges the "inanimate" elementary geometric figures by giving a tangible representation of hollowed, split, duplicated forms, arranged in such a way as to reveal sensitive compositions. Through the manufacture of metal, wood, wax and concrete, these forms come to life in unexpected ways, inviting the spectator to touch them. At the border between design and artwork, the artist plays with scales and questions usage. From jewellery to sculpture, the full and empty spaces interact in a harmony that is both subtle and obvious. The material, tested with respect, is sublimated down to the smallest detail.

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