Fabienne Auzolle studied history of art at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, followed by a four year course in applied arts and crafts, specialising in ceramics. From a young age she was fascinated by medieval sculptures of ‘vierges noire’ in the Auvergne area of France where she grew up. The carved wooden, expressionless depictions of women and angels, which she believes convey untold emotion through their ever-so-slightly smiling lips, became a focus for her ceramic sculptures. She also draws inspiration from 17th century paintings by the likes of Nicolas Poussin and Philippe de Champaigne.

 

 

 

 

Fabienne made the decision to become a designer when she was very young and was taken to countless castles and museums by her mother. She’s always been curious to know about everything – from crafts around the world to what people are wearing on the metro. She’s constantly surprised at how curious other people are too, especially having recently been invited to exhibit her work in Stavanger in Norway. She was particularly intrigued to find out who would buy her work – some were collectors of religious icons, attracted by the symbolism of religious sculpture, (currently rather fashionable); some were just looking to purchase pieces of design art – but others just seemed to fall in love with the simple beauty and creativity of her designs. 

 

Fabienne works alone and her pieces are made entirely by hand - from clay, enamel and bits of antique jewellery that she buys at flea markets. Each item is fired twice and can take up to a month to dry. At the moment she's also working on a wall installation, inspired by the stained glass windows in the churches of Chartres, where she grew up. 

 

Fabienne loves Paris, especially the Musee Gustave Moreau – home to the works of many 19th century symbolist artists. She also adores the work of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, especially Burne-Jones.  

 

 

  

She has a house in Brittany, where she also keeps a studio – and draws upon nature and flowers in her sculptures. Her father was a keen gardener, who maintained a very large garden and greenhouse, which in turn led to her own interest in plants and flowers. 

Fabienne is very much an Anglophile too, having studied English in the seaside town of Margate. In London, her favourite place is the Victoria & Albert Museum. She claims that she doesn’t enjoy eating out very much, though she does admit to liking fish and chips. She’d prefer to go to an art gallery preview than a dinner party. 

 

 

 

Someone Fabienne very much admires is Nelson Mandela, who she sees as a living symbol of peace and freedom. In future, she’d like to be able to create something that “could somehow change a person’s life for the better”. I’d say she’s already doing this – her sculptures have a curiously serene aura and merely being in their presence is strangely peaceful and enchanting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Née en 1967 à Clermont, Fabienne Auzolle vit et travaille à la verrerie (Choisy le Roi), une ancienne cristallerie. Après l’école du Louvre, l’ENSAADuperré et les Manufactures Nationales, Fabienne Auzolle allie son goût pour le votif et l’étrange dans ses deux matières de prédilection : la céramique et le tissu. Elle réalise des sculptures et installations sur les thèmes du rite et de la force des éléments. Ses figures en céramique émaillée sont des femmes fleuries, des têtes écloses au milieu des pétales, des visages en guise de pistils, ou des figures entourées de coquillages et d’anémones de mer.

Fabienne Auzolle est membre d’Ateliers d’Art de France et expose régulièrement en France et à l’étranger.

Mes sculptures sont des femmes fleuries, des muses hiératiques évoquant les déesses fertiles des contes. L’élément féminin et les fleurs se confondent depuis des millénaires et ont constitué mon point de départ. « Daphné », « Orantes », « Arbres de vie », « Voyage à Cythère »… Ces femmes fleurs sont à la fois des protectrices et des intermédiaires entre le ciel et la terre.

Fabienne AUZOLLE

Mon travail est un désir qui projette depuis toujours dans la nature une vision du monde mêlant sacré et profane, réalité et imaginaire… La nature est pleine de métaphores et de métamorphoses, les rêves et le végétal (fleurs et racines) tissent mon inspiration.

 

 

 

FORMATION

1989 – Diplôme de 1er cycle de l’Ecole du Louvre
1990 – Maîtrise d’histoire de l’Art/Paris I
1995 – Diplôme du Centre artisanal de la Terre / ENSAA Duperré, Paris

RESIDENCES

2013 – Décembre – Séoul, Corée / accord KCDF et AAF
2009 et 2010 – Stavanger, Norvège, accord Filmstrykk et les îles de FARO

ÉTUDES

Voyages d’études au Burkina Faso, Italie. Techniques du Bogolan, Faience émaillée et cuissons primitives

TRAVAUX POUR LE THEATRE

Collaboration avec François Chat, théâtre gestuel (Châtelet, Equinoxe, Festival de Saint Denis)

ENSEIGNEMENT

Enseigne les arts plastiques et la céramique à Fontenay sous Bois (Ecole municipale des beaux-arts) depuis 1995
A collaboré de 1998 à 2001 à la saison jeune public ,Maison de la Musique, Nanterre
A enseigné à l’école Rose Sélavy, Paris