To think is a Revolutionary Act

Marie Orensanz

Steel cut. Two blocks of 6 x 2 x 0.80 mt each.
1999–2010

The text, cut into Steel, is read in the empty spaces and is completed by the landscape, which serves as a background. The sculpture –arranged in two contiguous blocks- has been installed in such a way that the viewer composes the text in his or her mind, participating in the process implied by its meaning. The piece alludes to the power of reflection and refers indirectly to the censorship of books and free thought.

Marie Orensanz(Mar del Plata, Argentina, 1936) She began her education studying with Emilio Pettoruti and attended Antonio Seguí’s studio. She would later undertake study trips to Europe, Mexico and the usa. In 1987 the monumental sculpture Liceo Blanc-Mesnil was installed and the book Communiquer de Marie Orensanz, by Guy Scharaenen, was published. She received the 3rd Prize from the Fundación Fortabat Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris (1994). She exhibited frequently in Europe and Argentina, where her latest presentations were at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (1998), at the Museo de Arte  Moderno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (1999) and at Galería Ruth Benzacar (2000). In 2002 she received recognition from Fundación Konex for her merit in the areas of installation and performance. In late 2007 a retrospective show of her work was held at the Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, and the following year she participated in the «París – Tigre en Colectivo» (Paris – Tigre by Bus) group show at the Museo de Arte de Tigre (Buenos Aires, Argentina). In 2009 she presented «…pour qui?…les honneurs…» (…In Honor…of Whom?) at the School Gallery in Paris. In 2010, a sculpture in homage to Azucena Villaflor and the Madres de Plaza de Mayo
titled «Las raíces son femeninas» (Roots are Feminine) was installed in the city of Mar del Plata. She currently lives and works in Montrouge, France.

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