Born in Burgundy in the spring of 1977 in an isolated hamlet located a few metres from an abbey, Édith Basseville grew up surrounded by woods and vineyards. Coming from a family of naturalists and art lovers, influenced by her grandparents’ collections of objects, she explored the countryside, observed the unusual in her environment, and collected fragments of nature from an early age. She also photographed and drew what would become her later sources of inspiration.
In 1996, Édith began formal studies in fashion design, during which she became interested in drawing bodies modelling ornaments and fabric, and experimenting with textiles. Designing clothing lines for industrial production did not suit her, so she decided to push the limits of the discipline. In 2000, she obtained a diploma in sculpture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts appliqués et des Métiers d’Art where she carried out further research on textiles involving flattening, braiding and weaving metal yarns allowing them to unfold in space.
In 2001, barely out of her studies, Édith’s technical skills led her to join a workshop dedicated to the conservation and restoration of ethnographic objects and sculpted works for Monuments Historiques. She thus specialized in the “plinth” of collections. Her approach forges a synthesis of enhancing an object with its preventative conservation. This has allowed her many opportunities to work for national museums and private collectors in the context of museographic arrangements for both temporary and permanent exhibitions. She still works in this field today.
During this first decade, she additionally became interested in functional objects. While continuing her research through drawing and sculpture, she pursued a notable interest in creating assemblies from animal bones.
Édith devotes the majority of her time to artistic activity. In 2012, during an exhibition of Karl Blossfeldt works at the Buffon Museum in Montbard, the Parisian gallery owner, Philippe Samuel, noticed her wire sculptures and decided to promote her work. During this period, she also explored calligraphy and xylography, experimenting with new modes of graphic expression and continuing to diversify her techniques.
Her works are regularly exhibited in France, including permanently at the Galerie Gaia in Nantes. In 2018, she presented her sculptures in Germany at a trio exhibition at the Sievi Gallery in Berlin.