Profession: Visual artist Anne-Margot Ramstein was born on the island of Reunion in 1984. After studying graphic arts in Paris, she joined the illustration workshop of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg and completed her studies with an academic exchange at the Boston School of Fine Arts. In collaboration with Matthias Aregui, she published
L’ABC des tracas (‘The ABCs of Hassle’) in 2010 and
Avant après (
Before After ) in 2013 for Albin Michel Jeunesse. This last work, which deals with the elasticity of time, obtained the Bologna Ragazzi Award at the Bologna Children Books Fair in the “non-fiction” category in April 2015. In the fall of 2015 her first « solo » book,
En forme ! , will be published: a picture book about sport investigating the relationship between body and space during physical exercise. In addition to her work as an author, she is also a press cartoonist for several French newspapers like
Le Monde, Revue XXI, Libération, Les échos, M3 Magazine, Le Tigre, Revue Dada , and
Corporate Knight for the foreign press.
Faune & flore , the artistic project Anne-Margot Ramstein will develop at Villa Medici, is a hidden picture book parodying classic didactic works, in which a sovereign legend authoritatively appoints and defines the subject to be drawn. She will focus on the relationship between text and image, each drawing she proposes is to be accompanied by a legend that does not seem to match the image at first sight. At first she draws the form of a variegated flora. Then, after careful consideration, we distinguish the dissimulated fauna within its natural ecosystem in the counter-form. The text refers to animal life and helps to identify what the illustration contains. This work is inspired by the collections of emblems that were popular in the academic circles of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, which, after meticulous examination, revealed their meaning to the reader / viewer. As for the graphic style, it draws inspiration from baroque ornaments and the grotesques.