Marie de La Ville Baugé
Nomadic Visual Artist
Marie de La Ville Baugé is a nomadic visual artist.
Originally from France where she grew up surrounded by artists, she
worked in Cambodia, Sudan and Russia. She has made Portugal her new base
camp and creative space.
my 12 years in Russia, I have been fully engaged in observing Moscow,
Russian regions and neighboring countries, the stigmata of the fall of
Soviet Union, the print of nowadays politics and the rise of a
postmodernist Russia. Every day, the frontier between yesterdays world,
and- tomorrows is fluctuating, moving forward and sometimes backwards.
As a photographer, I explored all urban environments, its imposed
ascetic, its extreme unflinching realism. I also studied contemporary
ruins in the Magadan region, Yakutia, or the Kola Peninsula, abandoned
factories in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, empty weather stations as
would an anthropologist, seeking out answers, trying to understand
neglected civilizations destroyed by Utopias legacy and thwarted
my approach is not political but purely artistic, I am also interested
in the topic of liberated and closed worlds, bordering territories in
Caucasus, restricted territories of the Arctic. On the way to the North
Pole reviving the dream of the renowned explorer Georges Delong who
spent his life searching for the pole at the end of the 19th century, I
spent a moment suspended in time with the last surviving mammoth in the
Delong Archipelago and followed in my dreams the adventures of the
explorers who travelled in the wild far East and North.
I write my own fiction by sewing and stitching stories and memories,
adding texture to drawings, painting thoughts. For love enthusiasts, I
draw a cartography of my desires, following known or unknown paths in my
mountains or on the roads on papers with history, road maps, electrical
plans. I am also very much concerned by climate change issues and
therefore I am exploring how tempted Men are when listening to voices of
enchantment, when trying to entirely dominate a divine woman called
Nature and end consumed by flames.