Anouk Mercier’s practice begins in the collecting of images; from 17th and 18th Century Romantic landscape etchings to hand-tinted Victorian photographs and postcards of alpine hotels. Although somewhat disparate both visually and historically, these images are unified by their idealised depictions of their subject (be it nature or architecture) and Anouk uses this common thread to combine the visual languages that they represent throughout her practice.
The result are fictional, ‘collaged’ landscapes and scenes, composed of many fragments of existing etchings and other collected images. Influenced by Romanticism and the Sublime these melancholic worlds, undefined by time or space, merge references to the past with futuristic propositions. They present, in doing so, the timeless yearning for escapism through the portrayal of a fragmented, yet beautiful ideal, whilst also exploring the mysterious, the abysmal and the uncanny that often lurks behind idylls.
Anouk Mercier studied classical drawing at the Beaux Arts in Paris before returning to the UK to complete a BA (hons) in Art and Visual Culture at the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2008. She continues to work from Bristol. Alongside her practice Anouk is an active promoter of drawing in Bristol and further afield, having co-founded Bristol Drawing Club in 2009 and now acting as a tutor for Bristol Drawing School.
Read an interview with Anouk here: http://www.antlersgallery.com/artist-interview-anouk-mercier
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2005-2008 BA(hons) Art and Visual Culture. The University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.
2002-2003 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Paris) Classical Drawing Course (Summer Courses in Fresco, Modelage and Art History)
2012 ‘Excursus’, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
2011 ‘Paysages Fantastiques et autres dessins…’,‘La Galerie’, Clamecy, France
2014 London Art Fair Art Projects, London
2013 City Lives, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery,Bristol (forthcoming)
2013 Lucid, bo.lee Gallery, London
2013 Drawn, (open exhibition), The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2013 Winter Shop, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
2012 Mono no aware, Bo.lee Gallery, Bath
2012 160 Autumn Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2012 Reliquary, bo.lee Gallery, Bath
2012 Old Beliefs, Antlers Gallery, Stroud
2012 Narrative, Antlers Gallery for Bradford Museum (Manor House), Ilkley
2012 Last Day, Cartel, London
2012 Jamaica Street Open Studios, Bristol
2012 Other Nature, Antlers Gallery, London
2011 159 Autumn Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2011 Botany, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
2011 Through Hills and Valleys, Bristol Drawing School, Bristol
2011 All that We Are, Bath Fine Art, Bath
2011 Uncanny Views, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
2009 Friday the 13th, Plan 9, Bristol
2008 The Show, Faculty of Creative Arts Degree Show, Spike Island, Bristol
2008 When we build, let us think we build forever, Loading bay, Spike Island, Bristol
2013 Affordable Art Fair, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
2011 ART Magazine ‘Emerging Artist Award’, RWA 159 Autumn Exhibition.
2008 Innes Wilkin Art in Architecture Prize
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Collection
2009 ‘What would become of us, if we walked only in a garden or a mall’, collaborative, site-specific installation, Beachcroft Space, Portwall, Bristol (co-curator & maker).
2008 ‘The Far West Metro Store’, Arnolfini , Relational and Plan 9 Offsite Project, Bristol.
2008 ‘Can We Stay Over Tonight?’, Plan 9, Bristol (Co-curator).
2009 The Berlin Office, Berlin
Associate Lecturer The University of the West of England (UWE)
Co-founder of Bristol Drawing Club , RWA Artist Member, Jamaica Street Studios Artist, Tutor at Bristol Drawing School