Born on the English Channel (August 15, 1997), Margaux Laurens-Neel was initially fascinated by Haute Couture and costume design. Educated by a single mother, drawing very early on became a refuge where fears, obsessions and desires were expressed.
This devouring passion led her to join the Ateliers de Sèvres in parallel with her biology degree. Spotted for her baroque, animal, and singular style, she entered the Beaux Arts de Paris. Alongside Joann Sfar, she created a unique narrative at the intersection of Pop art, Art brut and comics. She decided to pursue this fruitful experience with Eric Poitevin, who allowed her to confront her artistic impulses with the texts of Pasolini, Bataille and Sade. In search of contemporary inspirations, Margaux decided to meet Kirsi Mikkola, Alexander Basil and Amoako Boafo while experimenting visceral painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Akbild).
Cats and flowers line her canvases almost systematically, as a result of which the space becomes narrow, saturated, testing the eye, overwhelmed by the accumulation of the motif. An ornamental motif analogous to a print that she does not hesitate to occasionally turn into a textile, using a cutter to cut out bibs from the canvas.
This creative rapsody is organised in three movements: hairs, skins and petals. They are the plasma, the matrix of her personal symbolism. When the dog is man's best friend, the cat is the friend of lonely little girls, standing as the delicate and capricious object of her most naive fascination. Flowers - dried - are her favourite vanity, obsessed by the links between the two worlds (that of life and nothingness). Ultimately, the flesh, is the very incarnation of the living, of desire, of gluttonous and carnal impulses, chemical receptor and sensitive to contact, to envy, the skin is as much the palimpsest of the passing of time and of its experiences as it is the material of all sexuality.
Margaux Laurens-Neel took part in ‘LUCKY CHARM’ a Group Exhibition of 28 International Artists. Presented by Lisa Boudet in association with Moosey Art. Opening the 4th of November 2021 at Hoxton Arches in London, United Kingdom.