Annie Bugnon

Annie Bugnon studied fine arts and ceramics in Besançon and currently lives in Béarn.

She taught art for many years. In 2005, she edited La poétique de l’art de l’enfant in which she expands on these years of experience.

During the 90s, her work focused on the symbolism of the history of art.

She exhibits works made from smoked sandstone in various galleries, particularly in the theme of Pyrenees mythology. She also studies Egyptian paste and is constantly using this technique. Annie Bugnon discovered Chinese medicine in the 2000s which she went on to study at the Chuzhen institute in Paris, as well as dream interpretation, while continuing to practice ceramics. In 2008, after taking part in Andenne’s international biennial event, she took a break from her artistic activity and only started again some ten years later when she rediscovered our ancestors’ embroidered textiles.

Ceremonial adornments

Annie Bugnon presents pieces that pay tribute to the work of embroiders, knitters, weavers, and lacemakers of times past. Their movements are reused and reinvented by the creator who collects, washes, irons and patiently unpicks clothes, cushions, covers, and bags of fabric from all over the world that were cast aside. She sometimes includes works using Egyptian paste from her ceramics research.

By recycling these forgotten treasures that have fallen from grace, the artist feels as if she is honouring the memory of these discrete yet sovereign women and the humble and unimaginable patience of their bright creations.

The exhibited pieces are a pretext to pay tribute to the forgotten works of our ancestors from across the globe: embroidery, weaving, lace and knitting. Full of inventiveness and prepared for festivities, their hands overlapped and interwove, unlikely yet enjoyable meetings took place between the Orient and the Occident, the North and the South, highlighting the same element, their destiny as women.

Annie Bugnon collects and assembles their pieces of fabric to depict the symbolic world that our ancestors lived in. Her work focuses on ethnic communal festivities which represent the essential moments in life: birth, initiation, marriage, seasonal ceremonies, and burial rites.

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