LEONIE Emä, sculpture, ceramic

It is always a question of the lightness of life mixed with its disturbing heaviness.

Emä Leonie


From 1995 to 2011, I worked as a set designer or director, for television, theater, opera or cinema. In parallel, I carried out various projects as a visual artist for sets (painting or volume) for private or public commissions.
In 2012, I followed a one-year training in ceramics with the aim of teaching it and followed many workshops to complete this training.
Since 2013, I have been teaching since 2013, to children and adults alike, and I am in charge of workshops for the art school Terre et Feu, Paris 14e. 

I started ceramics by making crockery and objects with earthenware, stoneware or porcelain. My ceramic sculpture work started in 2014. I showed my productions only from 2018. 

Hybrid creatures, often heads of animals, formed a heterogeneous bestiary with special attention to skin material and colors. In June 2018, I started to show my pieces on Instagram and to artist friends who encouraged me. 

As time went by, my work evolved with series of characters. I show brutal, maladjusted, fragile or offbeat beings. 

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Artistic approach

My work in ceramics seems to be the expression of someone looking for his place in a complex and standardized world. How to be in the world and keep a certain freedom and spontaneity?
My sculptures reveal a particular universe inspired by childhood, the passage of time, the fragment, the identity, the vulnerability, the monstrosity. 

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2020  Groupshow Life in a Pressure Cooker, YNGSPC gallery and The Pit gallery, Los Angeles 

2018  Exhibition Arts pluriels, Espace Lhomond, Paris 5e, Galerie Vivienne Art

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