Installations, Sculpture, Drawing
French artist, Anne Leigniel, was born in Auxerre in Burgundy. She studied at the National Art School of Paris Cergy before doing an MA in photography at the London College of Printing in London. While photography was her main medium at the beginning of her career, she felt the need for a more physical experience for herself and for visitors travelling to her exhibitions. She started creating photographic installations and carried on working with an increasing number of mediums.
Her life and travels strongly inspire her work and choice of medium. Anne uses elements that surround her to create her works. She uses local techniques and materials found wherever she is.
Art Residency in France made her start working with ochres colours (Echangeur22, 2015). The practice of Kendo discovered during her stay in Japan where she lived 2 years, inspired several series of works. (Spirit of kendo, Higure Tokyo 2012). In Japan she also discovered the work of bamboo, and made outdoors installations with it (Tsukuba 2017, Sogenji Temple, Okayama 2018) or indoors back in London (QPark 2019). In Brazil, she collaborated with Brazilians danseurs and musiciens (E22 ProjectP0 2016). In HK she invited local artists to work on a shared wall during 2 weeks (Charbon Art Space 2017)...While traveling at sea, she made kites with Indonesian sailors, she flew painted sails in fields and mountains, she collaborated with artists and insects and played with the wind, the trees and the waves…
Lightness, mouvement and ephemerality are recurring themes in her work.
Using simple elements, in a minimal spirit, Anne Leigniel creates a poetic dimension allowing the breathing of spaces, the silences, inviting the spectator to a contemplative meditation.