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Petra W. Barathowa

Photo by Petra W. Barathowa

Anne’s work deals with issues around connection, intimacy and fetishisation, understanding the term ‘fetish’ in the context of behaviour, devotion, obsession and consumption.
Often borderline voyeuristic, her visual language uses polarities to explore social norms, stereotypes and aims to create a sense of tension and sensuality.

Her works ask questions rather than make statements, often probing the subconscious.
Anne’s subjects predominantly feature her long time Muse and bestie Das Fräulein Fuchs as well as friends and loved ones.
She is a self taught painter influenced by 90s anime and manga like Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon, old master paintings like those of Artemisia Gentileschi and pop surrealists like Mark Ryden to name a few.

Anne was born in Leipzig, had her childhood in Berlin and relocated to South Devon, England at the age of 9. By this time she had lost all her baby teeth.
She studied Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She's still not entirely sure what that course was. But it did teach her a thing or two.
In her late teens she began working for London’s Torture Garden, the worlds largest fetish club. Fetish club etiquette formed her ethos of consent, respect and tolerance which now forms the basis of her work.
This led to a career in art departments and venue styling, working on the festival circuit, night clubs and private parties.
In 2014 Anne left London for Thailand to train as a free diver to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a mermaid. Unable to grow gills and fins to complete her mermaid transformation, she decided to relocate to Berlin to focus on developing her painting practice.

She can hold her breath for over 5 minutes and has never smoked a cigarette.

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