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Jean-Marie Appriou

Born 1986 in Brest (France),
lives and works in Paris (France)

Jean-Marie Appriou appropriates traditional sculpture techniques to repurpose them and expand their expressive and symbolic potentials. His alchemical experiments with materials such as aluminium, glass and bronze yield human, animal and plant figures that complement, interact with and merge into oneanother, resulting in various dreamlike and occasionally disturbing scenarios. Roncier is a cast aluminium installation of five large bushes of brambles. Inspired by this plant motif, which was often featured in paintings by English Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, Appriou’s sculpture helps create a romantic landscape that contrasts with its mechanical and industrial surroundings. “The bramble symbolises nature reasserting itself, but is also a metaphor for time,” says the artist. “Stretching out like a drawing in space, it reminds us of a ruin caught in the lace of vegetation — a poetic image of the past, but also a future projection of a brownfield site.”

With the support of Jacquet Métal Service

Jean-Marie Appriou, Roncier, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste, de la Biennale de Lyon 2019 et [of the artist, the 2019 Lyon Biennale and] Galerie Jan Kaps, Cologne ; C L E A R I N G, New York/Bruxelles [Brussels]. © Blaise Adilon