Annette Messager was born in 1943 in Berck-sur-Mer, in France. She lives and works in Paris.
Annette Messager is a leading French artist whose extensive body of work over four decades encompasses drawing, photography, needlework, sculpture and installation. Since her debut in the Paris art scene in 1971–72, Messager has created an eccentric menagerie of creatures. Animal, human, monstrous or something in-between, her creations suggest the complexity of life as well as the mythologies, superstitions and vanities that underpin it – the shadowy ‘other’ within us all. Messager has spoken of her longstanding interest in ‘outsider’ art, including the work of amateur artists and children’s art. Equally significant are the historically overlooked practices, materials and techniques of women artists, which she has explored over decades.