Anna Solal was born in 1988 in Dreux. She lives and works in Paris, where she is represented by the New Galerie (Paris).
She belongs to a new generation of artists distinguished by a predilection for the “handmade”, for the non-hierarchical crossing of processes borrowed from art and craft. Her creations are made from discarded objects that she collects during her wanderings. She uses them to create aerial motifs, such as birds and kites. Starkly figurative, this pop iconography, both anxious and moving, highlights the isolation of the individual and a form of abstraction through which they navigate. Anna Solal has put on exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the CAC Passerelle in Brest, the Musée des abattoirs in Toulouse, and Interstate Projects (New York).
At Villa Medici, she is working on a project entitled “Empire défaillant”, which consists of a series of sculptural paintings composed of collages incorporating drawing and photography. The theme of this project is the human entity as defined by its inter-human relationships and its link to the natural environment. It will take Ancient Rome, one-time world dominator, Fascist Rome, and today’s Rome with its mass tourism, as its temporal framework.
The embodiment of this collective will be ensured by an organic and symbolic work around paper and textile. A text written by Olivier Prada will accompany this plastic project: the story of a donkey reincarnated as a tear, travelling through a devastated Europe.
If the notion of collapse is present with the ecological and imperial disasters, then new forms of life emerge, and the notion of a miracle is born – a miracle that will or will not take place.
© Anna Solal