Marie Ackers

Foal II

Equestrian sculpture in bronze and perspex...

Marie Ackers' sculptures are mainly inspired by horses and equestrian sports although she does also sculpt various other subjects such as wildlife and dogs. In her work she deconstructs the movements, simplifies the shapes and identifies the dynamic and the rhythms of the lines to produce contemporary sculpture. She is working on different projects or approach of the subjects that defines different experimentations and concerns such as geometric, forms and shape or space. In each projects, Marie works on a number of maquettes.

Marie uses different materials from old ones (bronze, raku, ceramic) to new ones (clear acrylic and Perspex) and a variety of techniques in each project but her thinking and inspiration are mostly consistent. Each work is linked by recurring forms and shape concerns and through the subjects.

Her inspiration comes from various sources:  from the “French animalier” to the simplicity and purity of Brancusi’s work, the shapes and presence of Henry Moore sculptures, the sharp and clean lines of Calder metal sculptures as well as Pompom, Lynn Chadwick, architecture old and modern.

When Marie started sculpting, her work was initially inspired and influenced by the work of the 19th century "French Animaliers", such as Pierre Jules Mene and Antoine Louis Barye ( work 2005-2007 and 2008-2009).

She has studied anatomy and movement to understand the subject but now feels that sculpting so close to reality is actually stopping her capturing the pure essence and the true force of the movement. In some of her latest work in that period of time , Marie already started to remove some of the details or part of the body of the horse but feels she needs to strip down to pure lines, remove any details and simplify forms, movement , understand rythme to find the inner strength of the piece.

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