Artist Sculptor Anne Millot has made the nose her favorite theme and invites us to visit her unique and poetic creative universe:
Sensitive to musical and pictorial Art since my youth, I practiced an artistic activity as an amateur for more than 20 years. From anatomy to cartography, I nevertheless became a consultant and then a civil servant. This path did not fundamentally correspond to my state of mind. That is why I decided to escape from it. The desire to devote myself exclusively to Art thus became concrete in 2012, then based in Paris where I have my studio. In this creative wake, I followed technical training in the Art of ceramics and woodcarving. Ceramics is particularly interesting because it is a medium that allows or incites experimentation. I continue to explore these techniques, rich in nuances and textures, in my studio as a self-taught artist.
Her artistic statement
Working exclusively on the theme of the nose, my sources of inspiration are multiple, like the 7th Art, Perfumers, Rugbymen, mythology, illustrious characters, Picasso and of course my imagination. In clay and wood, I really find material for creating noses that sometimes come close to reality or give birth to cubist noses, while others are staged with a touch of the grotesque. In my works, it is systematically isolated from the context of the faces. I present the nose in classical, surprising, singular, erotic presentations. The repetition does not exclude by the difference, on the contrary, it is an entrance, each time renewed, towards the intimacy of the person from whom I draw inspiration. Each nose sculpture is unique, because I model them without resorting to casting. I particularly play with the effects of enamels. Their renderings contribute, in my opinion, to tell the story or part of the story of the person I am inspired by. Wood and ceramics contribute to leave the spectator an active part of his or her imagination. My first intention for the spectator is to stimulate his or her own imagination so that he or she is interrogative, dubious, perplexed, subjugated, fascinated. My second intention is to give back a place to the human being. The strength of the differences in our faces appears more when the nose is isolated from its context. I will add a third intention, relating to aesthetics because noses do not fit into the classical codes of beauty and prove to be more interesting.
Boldness is more and more present in my artwork, especially when it comes to volume games. All ceramic pieces must be fired at least twice and the passage through the fire gives all the room for chance. The bigger a piece is, the heavier it will be. The latest creations tend to be more voluminous. My innovation was awarded in 2017 the Prize of Honour at the International Ceramics Competition of the Salernes Museum on the theme of the vampire. The piece I created, “La Carmilla”, features noses on a spinning plate. Upside down, they turn into teeth, revealing a drop of blood in porcelain and then disappearing. My second light sculpture, combining wood and crystal, will be exhibited at the Grand Palais in Art Capital in February 2020. The associations between wood and ceramics are paths that I like to explore. Thereafter, I plan to create performances, installations, and even more volume.
My artwork has been exhibited both in France and internationally. The Cyril Guernieri Gallery in Paris dedicated a solo exhibition to me in November 2018. The group exhibition at the Montansier Theater in Versailles on the night of the creation during the performance of “Edmond” by Alexis Michalik was a great experience. My works have also been exhibited at the Ceramics Museum of Lezoux, as part of the Night of Creation, but also at the Museum of Salernes for the International Ceramics Award. Several group exhibitions in London, at the Poros Museum in Portugal, in Bruges, and in Lausanne have punctuated my artistic career. I have particularly vivid memories of an exhibition at an international congress of rhinoplasty in Versailles which was a real success. I was selected for the edition from 11 to 16 February 2020 at the Art Capital exhibition at the Grand Palais and in January 2020 I was awarded the Edition Medal by the jury for “Emphatic blueberry inspired by the nose of Myrtille Chartuss” exhibited at Esart Galeria in Barcelona.
Her relationship with Art-Trope
Art-Trope advises me in the orientation of my artistic career and its development. It also supports me in building a better presence on the Internet and social networks. Indeed, it seems important to me to integrate a showcase supported by a team concerned about quality. The quality of bilingual presentation is essential and Art-Trope allows me to benefit from their experience. Finally, this new generation artistic agency is a guarantee of international representation.
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