Anne Cecile Surga – Five Sculptures
Artist’s Statement on Beauty
Beauty is a sensation; it does not reside simply in the specific shape of an object or body. Beauty is catching the sunset, being immerse in the smallest detail of an artwork, or watching the sun’s reflection in the dew. How do you define beauty? In music for instance we cannot speak of beauty as a simple shape or tune, but it is rather the harmony of the melody, with the instruments, and the feelings and virtuosity of the musicians. In the visual arts I believe it is similar: it is not the subject, or the material, or the composition that makes the difference but their harmony and how it resonates on the viewer.
Beauty is an aura, a sensation that speaks directly to the soul. One does not experience a beautiful object, but the feeling of beauty. Experiencing beauty is being exalted by the perfection of the moment, and that perfection is created by the reaction of our senses and soul toward the artwork.
Anne Cecile Surga was born in 1987 in Lavelanet, France. She demonstrated a natural interest in art and other manual activities during her childhood, and in 200 she entered her first drawing and painting class. She learnt classical rules of compositions, anatomy, and harmony of colors along with different techniques such as drawing, pastel, china ink and oil painting. This first classical study of art would be the foundation for the artistic development to come. Anne Cecile enrolled in a business school in 2006 while studying clay sculpture in the evening. She later graduated with a Master in Business Administration. This is also the period when she took all the opportunities offered to her to travel and discover the world. Her travels brought her to live in countries such as Mexico, Turkey, in Florida, and in Singapore; and she travelled to even more countries. In 2012, she went to New York City where she graduated with a Master in Art History. Because of her exposure to a multitude of aesthetics and cultures, Anne Cecile is inclined to develop a universal artistic style: a style that aims to be understandable by most people, an art that speak directly to the heart of the viewer. In 2013 Anne Cecile stayed at the Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry where she learnt how to cut marble. Following this experience marble becomes her favorite material, but she will keep on creating with other material such as papier mache, plaster, and steel. In 2015, she decides to entirely dedicate her life to her artistic practice and open her studio in the Pyrenean Mountains in France. Little did she know these mountains were full of marble as well. She thus integrated French marble to her practice, while keeping on working on Carrara marble.