Annette Messager is a French artist. Born in Berck-sur-Mer in 1943 (Guggenheim Foundation (2018)) she is a winner of both the Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award and the Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award (Wikipedia (2017)). Her work is noted for its use of photographs, prints, drawings and other materials.
From Guggenheim Foundation (2018) it can be seen that a lot of her work has involved the use of stuffed animals (both the taxidermy and soft toy kinds) and images of human body parts. Hustvedt (2009), however, shows that her work uses far more and is influenced by a great many different things.
Through her work, and her own descriptions of herself, Annette Messager has taken on many different titles. Trickster, practical woman, peddler (Hustvedt (2009) and Guggenheim Foundation (2018) describe the titles that she has given herself. The latter source mentioning her work The Bedroom Works/The Studio Works in which she sketched her apartment, separating it into the part inhabited by Messager the person and Messager the artist.
Researching Annette Messager was part of the work for Assignment 2 of the course.
- Wikipedia (2017) Annette Messager Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annette_Messager [Accessed 20th February 2018]
- Guggenheim Foundation (2018) Annette Messager Available at: https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/Annette-Messager [Accessed 20th February 2018]
- Hustvedt, S (2009). Puppetmaster Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2009/feb/21/annette-messager [Accessed 20th February 2018]