Annick Ibsen

Des Moines, IA


Annick Ibsen is a sculptor and painter. She was born in Paris and moved to Des Moines 14 years ago, prior to which she experienced a breadth of cultures living in Libya, Indonesia, Hong Kong, London, and India. She came to the medium of clay after decades of figurative painting. She is self-taught. In the past ten years, the search for plasticity and the sculptural form became her main focus. Her neo-cubist sculptures displace the viewer’s expectations to unveil the actual. In her search for realism, she also establishes connections between figurative and sculptural art forms with mixed media paintings that explore negative space. Perhaps sculpture is not the form that fills space, but how the form opens space in relationship to it, including in the mind of the viewer.

Annick’s work is in corporate collections, such as the Wallace Center of Iowa, Hotel Greenfield, and The World Food Prize Iowa Hall of Laureates, as well as a number of private collections around the world. In 2012 she was awarded the People’s Choice Prize for sculpture installation.