Born in 1980 in Lille, Marianne Anselin works in Paris since 2007.
She has studied in France and Switzerland with famous jewerlers such as Sophie Hanagarth, Esther Brinkmann and Gilles Jonemann.
Her work is exhibited permanently in several galleries in France and abroad In 2009 her first solo exhibition took place at the Espace Solidor in Cagnes-sur-Mer, and in 2013 she took part in the exhibition «Dans la ligne de mire, scène du bijou contemporain en France» at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris as well as in the exhibition «Reflet(s)» at the Palais de Tokyo. One of her pieces was selected for the Museum of Modern Art landmark exhibition «Médusa, bijoux et tabous» in 2017.
Her work is present in various private and public collections (Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, La piscine Musée d’Art et d’Industrie de Roubaix, and the collection of the city of Cagnes-sur-Mer), and is also featured in books publication « The compendium Finale of Contemporary jewellers 2008 », Darling Publication ; « Dans la ligne de mire, Scènes du bijou contemporain en France », Les arts décoratifs Publication ; « Bijoux contemporains, une passion », Du Regard Publication.
« I’ve been exploring metal for about 20 years now through many techniques.
I walk and search through nature, and then I create and handcraft jewels in my workshop. I roam mountains, wasteland and wild lands, long valleys, brownfield areas, abandoned houses. I gather what has been left behind, forgotten, everything that resonates with my aesthetic approach. Tincans, cartridge shells, wood, leaves, rusty drums, patinated by wind and rain, they become my main raw material.
Transforming these rusted industrial objects into pieces of jewelry allows me to look into
another kind of preciousness : the way time marks matter. I want to win the heart of that
memory, its forgotten spirit. I forge it, pierce it, fold it and bend it ; I adorn it and set it with precious stones, wed it to silver, endow it with gold.
So I forge metal to red and i feel that i am fully utilizing the metal’s material properties : distort it, stretch it, shrink it. That hand to hand combat with matter, amplified by noise and heat, leads me to a purely formal study of metal, backed on the search for color through flame patination.
My workshop is the place of this transformation, where preciousness means gazing between nature and culture.
Forging is like walking, it is physical, a rhythmical action that demands at once concentration and letting go, akin to méditation »
You can contact me at mariananselin [at] yahoo.fr