Marguerite Humeau

Marguerite Humeau (born 1986, France) lives and works in London. She studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Royal College of Art, London, where she obtained her MA in Design Interactions in 2011. Her work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums including Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Château de Versailles, Haus Konstruktiv (Zürich Art Prize 2017), Tate Britain (London), Nottingham Contemporary, the High Line (New York), Manifesta11 (Zürich), Schinkel Pavillon (Berlin), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Hayward Gallery (Touring Programme). She currently teaches at HEAD – Genève and Open School East (Margate).

Marguerite Humeau’s work stages the crossing of great distances in time and space, transitions between animal and mineral, and encounters between personal desires and natural forces. The work explores the possibility of communication between worlds and the means by which knowledge is generated in the absence of evidence or through the impossibility of reaching the object of investigation. Marguerite Humeau weaves factual events into speculative narratives, therefore enabling unknown, invisible, or extinct forms of life to erupt in grandiose splendour. Combining prehistory, occult biology and science fiction in a disconcerting spectacle – the works resuscitate the past, conflate subterranean and subcutaneous, all the while updating the quest genre for the information age.

 

Marguerite Humeau won the Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize #02 in 2017

 

 

Marguerite Humeau
35000 (Sphinx Death Mask), 2018
bronzo
ed. of 7 + 2 AP photo©Virginia Taroni
Marguerite Humeau
Two-Headed Venus, A 25-year-old pregnant female human and herself as a 90 year-old have ingested a tortoise's brain, 2018
bronze
h. 45 × 37 × 45 cm
Photo©Stan Narten, JSP Photography. Courtesy the artist, CLEARING New York/Brussels
Marguerite Humeau
Shameless Venus, A 20-year-old female human has ingested a mole's brain, 2018
bronze
h. 15 × 5 × 5 cm
photo©Stan Narten, JSP Photography. Courtesy the artist, CLEARING New York/Brussels
Marguerite Humeau
Venus of Courbet, A 80-year-old female human has ingested the brain of swallow, 2018
bronze
h. 100 × 66 × 33 cm
photo©Stan Narten, JSP Photography. Courtesy the artist, CLEARING New York/Brussels
Marguerite Humeau
Seated Lady of Çatalhöyük, A 40-year-old female human has ingested the brain of a hedgehog , 2018
bronze
h. 58 × 48 × 64 cm
photo©Stan Narten, JSP Photography. Courtesy the artist, CLEARING New York/Brussels
Marguerite Humeau
Superior Oneness, A 70-year-old female human has ingested an alligator's brain , 2018
bronze
h. 39 × 36 × 148 cm
photo©Stan Narten, JSP Photography. Courtesy the artist, CLEARING New York/Brussels
Marguerite Humeau
Queen with Leopards, A 150-year-old female human has ingested a manatee's brain , 2018
bronze
h. 97 × 71 × 82 cm
photo©Stan Narten, JSP Photography. Courtesy the artist, CLEARING New York/Brussels