Conceptual - NOMINEE: Annette Fournet
Anima / Persona
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The Anima / Persona series began as an exploration of the persona (external projection of self) and the anima (inner soul). These digital collage portraits were influenced in part by Symbolist paintings. As a young art student I was fascinated by the symbolist painters. I later learned that many of these artists worked from misogynist fears stemming from their discovery that the Victorian notion that women did not have a sexual nature was untrue, and of the nascent women’s movement for equality. The elements of the Symbolist work that I found of interest were their reaction against the mundane, the banal, and bourgeoisie normalcy of the late 19th century. They depicted women as chimera, sphynx, and as mysterious unkown creatures. As my work progressed I to used some of the Symbolist concepts to express the exotic, the spiritual, and esoteric qualities of women.
In many of the images I have partially veiled a woman’s face. The layer of translucent texture can suggest uncovering the individual’s inner emotions, symbolize ageing, or can create a sense of the individual’s complexity.
Annette Elizabeth Fournet has exhibited her photography at galleries and museums in France, Denmark, Greece, Korea, Germany, Hungary, Kyrgzstan Republic, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Great Britain and the United States.
Her work is included in public and corporate collections such as the Bibliotheque Nationale, San Diego Museum of Photographic Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Prague House of Photography, Dum Fotografie Slovakia, Moravska Trebova Museum, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Mississippi Museum of Art, City of New Orleans Percent for Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana State Permanent Collection, Nielsen & Bainbridge Corporation, Jefferson Pilot Communications, and the Hyde Corporation
In the U.S. her work is represented by the Joseph Bellows Gallery, San Diego, CA; AfterImage Gallery, Dallas, TX; and the Thomas Dean Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Annette Fournet lives and teaches photography in Memphis, Tennessee and in Europe