Visual arts

Marion Delarue

What is strange, folklore, legendary and myths are what nourish me, I’m interested in objects that are supposedly magical.

Marion Delarue was born in Paris in 1986, and defines herself as an artist of body adornment and objects. Her work comprises headdresses, necklaces or brooches, and plays on confusion, mixing authenticity and imitation, nature and artifice. 

Published on 17/11/2020

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Marion Delarue graduated from the Contemporary Jewellery Department of the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts, and has studied for multiple international diplomas. She followed her studies in France with an apprenticeship in glass and ceramics, then studied the art of Ottchil – traditional Korean lacquer – at Pai-Chai University in South Korea before finishing her training at the Estonian Academy of Arts, in Tallinn. 

Nourished by the different techniques she learnt during her travels, Marion Delarue exposed in art galleries in Vienna South Korea, before presenting her large necklaces entitled Cracheh at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2013, objets d’art inspired by the traditional Korean headdress – a huge black chignon with a gold pin through it – which she transformed into a torque necklace. 

As she doesn't work with stones or metals but questions the relationship between ornament and the body, Marion Delarue does not consider herself to be a “jewellery maker” but “an object artist”. Passionate about traditional expertise, she selects the materials she works in line with each project: Korean lacquer (Sangtu, 2018-2019), feathers (Parrot Devotees, 2016-2019), mother of pearl or porcelain (Agate Jewels, 2012-2013). Pieces that “rock her certitudes” and that use highly precise techniques and deep know-how mixing tradition and contemporaneity.

Marion Delarue has fifteen or so awards to her name: the Emerge Prize in 2014, the Prix pour l’Intelligence de la Main (Prize for the intelligence of the hand) in 2016 or the first European Triennial Prize for Contemporary Jewellery, in 2018. Exhibiting around the globe, she was one of the designers present at the A Bit of Clay on the Skin event at the Gardiner Museum of Toronto or in Washington at the Bellevue Arts Museum for the Emerge/Evolve exhibition in 2014. In parallel, the artist has taken part in residencies in China, Taiwan and South Korea, before going to the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto in Japan, for a six-month residency devoted to Japanese hair ornaments and crafts. Marion Delarue then took part in the ¡ Viva Villa ! festival in 2019 at the Lambert Collection in Avignon.

  • 2010


    Marion Delarue went to Namseoul University. There she increased her knowledge of glass and ceramics.

  • 2012


    Inspired by counterfeiting, she designed the Agate Jewels project, necklaces that imitate the natural process of creating an agate.

  • 2015


    The artist made Exquisite Corpse, a pink porcelain and cord necklace for dolls at the Clayarch Gimhae Museum, in South Korea.

  • 2018


    In residency at Villa Kujoyama in Japan, Marion Delarue explored different design techniques and became passionate about Japanese hair accessories and ornaments: kushis, kogais and kanzashis to make objects

  • 2020


    She took part in Federn – wärmen, verführen, fliegen at the Gewerbemuseum. An exhibition that showcased the versatility of feathers and their use as cultural objects.

The Institut français and the artist

In 2018, Marion Delarue was selected to spend time at the Villa Kujoyama, a residency for artists in Japan supported by the Institut français.

Find out more about Villa Kujoyama 


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