Drawing from a childhood of invisible mothers and family secrets, Anne Mourier’s sculptures, photographs, and works on paper keep up the appearances of a happy home. Delicate and quiet handmades, readymades, and personal keepsakes are vessels for the introverted voice of her reflections on youthful naïveté, their pristine pastel and white palette invoking a dialogue that questions the cleanliness of the family construct, the gratification of the domestic domain, and the power of denial. French-born and New York based, Anne’s work is represented by the Muriel Guépin Gallery in New York City as well as Sohn Fine Art in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her solo exhibition, Cleaning It Up, in 2013, was the inaugural exhibition at The GlassHouse at The Invisible Dog Art center in Brooklyn, which she designed. She has also exhibited solo shows internationally, most importantly Mary’s at CAOS Art Gallery in 2015 during the 2015 Venice Biennale. Anne presented a large installation in the beautiful chapelle de l’Ortial in Normandy, France during the summer of 2016.
“I reflect on womanhood through many mirrors. I am French-born and Brooklyn-based, and my photographs and sculptures give voice to the observations I draw of my experiences as a woman across the changing social landscapes of Europe and America. Deriving from the traditions of domestic craft, my earlier embroideries on fine white cotton, compositions of delicate miniatures encased under glass or inside wooden shadowboxes, and intimate photographic portraits of personal keepsakes challenge conceptions of prettiness, always subtly suggesting a certain unease beneath the surface. My recent work invokes the religious foundations of contemporary feminine stereotypes with interdisciplinary representations of and references to the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene.”