Annie Haquette

  • History of Art graduate
  • Plastic Arts graduate
  • Member of the Atelier du Baroeul

"The language of sculpture is a pretentious nothingness, if not composed of words of love and poetry." (Ossip Zadkine)

Annie Haquette lives and works near the ancient city of Lille, in northern France.

In 1995, she returned to her life-long passion - painting and sculpture. She works in her father's old workshop. Where once he worked with the plane and the lathe, today Annie paints and sculpts – her surroundings, a living link between his work and hers.

Sculptor, François Olivier, has had a big influence in Annie’s thought process. He has changed how she looks at her materials, at the constraints of direct carving, and at the way in which the hand executes what the mind sees.

Annie Haquette’s style mixes angles and curves; concave and convex; both in three-dimensions, and in two - paint is often complemented by collage, and relief-work.

Her work explores both fragility and vulnerability, and violence.
Erosion and destruction.
Love and life.
But mostly her work is poetic– a sideways look at life.

Her current area of interest is Fish, both as symbols of life, of abundance, and of Christ. She features fish removed from their natural environment, deprived of life, an exploration of the cycle of life from birth, through transformation, to re-birth.
Fish both as manna from heaven, and as a symbol of man’s exploitation of the sea.

Why herring in particular? Derision... Because they are both the most commercially important fish in the sea, and yet considered so commonplace.