Living and working in Montpellier, Marie Havel was born in 1990 in Soissons in the Aisne. After a BTS in visual communication, she graduated in 2016 from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier (MO.CO ESBA).
Recipient of the Young Creation Prize Drawing Room 2016 in Montpellier and then of the First Prize DDESSIN in Paris in 2017, she realizes in summer 2018 a duo exhibition with the visual artist Clément Philippe at La Mouche Art Contemporain Béziers.
Her work was notably presented during the 2019 edition of Bienvenue Art Fair at the Cité internationale des arts with the Jean-Louis Ramand Gallery.
Recipient of the FRAC Occitanie Montpellier 2019 Post-Production scheme, she recently exhibited her work during the collective exhibition Le Bal des Survivances.
Since 2015, she also collaborates regularly with the promoter and the GGL Helenis Foundation on various artistic projects.
"Marie Havel's work is rooted in a reflection on ruin, a state of fall assimilated to things as well as to the individual.
It is based on a subtle combination of construction and destruction. This precarious balance is apprehended at the dawn of childhood, in experimental and playful dimensions. In this sense, his works propose a double vision, that of curiosity, of play, of an age when we adapt to the environment full of history that surrounds us, and that of a more distant approach, focusing on what builds our past. (...) Her work is thus about introspection and remembrance, she will draw from the rubble of her memory to shed light on the images and experiences she has lived through. The state of ruin is not only revealed (...) but also suspended. There is a state of latent reprieve in her drawings, of which the Jumanji series is particularly representative. (...)
In contrast to structures that deteriorate over time, Marie Havel builds originally altered constructions, she erects the ruin. What is brought to light is not so much the fall as the vain act. The works are part of a form of cynicism, where instability and destruction are the essence of the structure. If Marie Havel excels in the technique of drawing, her work presents a declination of mediums, always focusing her attention on the collapse in an ambiguous way (...)
The artist promotes chaos, failure, and adversity. (...) There is indeed in his work a need to reveal, to show what one does not see or would not like to see anymore. (...) Marie Havel's works are thus imbued with memories where her story takes its place in history. Ingenious childhood takes the place of the reality of a deteriorated world, in tension. Yet it is a sublimation of memory. Through the reconstruction of games, perilous situations or structures, the artist introduces a poetry of ruin."
Excerpts from a text by Gwendoline Corthier-Hardoin, art theory researcher and curator, March 2020.