Anne-Laure Sacriste

"Kamé" or the Turtle ring:


Kamé is a landscape ring inspired by the Kyotoïtes Zen gardens, where turtles are consecrated as archetypal figures.

Kamé also pays homage to the turtle from the novel A Rebours by J-K Huysmans, where the bored protagonist decides to decorate his live-in turtle with precious stones that eventually crush it -- celebrating the ultimate manneristic gesture of a dandy whose sense of life is deeply entangled with a fascination for the morbid.

But the ring is also an invitation to let ourselves be carried away by the silent forces that emanate from turtles -- Cosmophores, in the words of the  ancient Greeks, that is the carriers of the world.


The work of Anne Laure Sacriste, a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris and of the Duperré School of Applied Arts both, rests on painting in its relation to space. The very act of vision articulates her whole creative universe, which is situated somewhere between minimalism and sympbolism, at the crossroads of several pictorial movements. Setting aside issues of style and their relationship to signs and representation, Anne-Laure Sacriste concentrates her research on the very experience of painting as a form of visual and sensorial epiphany. Channeling both cultural and intuitive gestures, her work takes shape in  sophisticated arrangements suffused with a certain Japanese aesthetics.

Her work was recently featured at the Museum of Modern Art of Saint Etienne ("Reverse Island", Lorand Hegy curator, 2011), at the Temple of Shimogamo in Kyoto during the "White Nights" festival (Isabelle Olivier curator, 2016), at the Maison Hermès in Tokyo ("La Bataille de San Romano", Reiko Setsuda curator, 2017), at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris ( "Toguna", Jean de Loisy curator, 2018), or at the Galerie Vera Munro in Hamburg ("Orion Aveugle", 2019).

Anne-Laure Sacriste