Artist Statement

Anne began working in London’s colorful and extravagant fetish club scene in her late teens. Fetish club etiquette formed her ethos emphasizing the importance of consent and respect. This is the basis on which her work is formed, with utmost care for the individuals she portrays and the ideas they inspire.

Specialising in contemporary figurative realism and portraiture, she aims to challenge social norms, stereotypes, fears and explores fetishisation, intimacy and connection.
Her works aim to simultaneously inspire a sense of discomfort and awe, raising complex issues which are often difficult to discuss. Inspiring critical reflection, exploration and awareness of personal prejudices and to counteract discrimination is the purpose of her work.

Her visual language is often imbued with a hint of dreamy surrealism, hinting at the power of the subconscious, and seeks to find balance in polarities to create a sense of harmonious coexistence; moments which exude both strength and fragility, finding an equilibrium in the beautiful and grotesque, gentleness and brutality etc.

In recent years she has been best known for her large scale watercolour works using a saturated pastel colour palette inspired by 90s anime and manga such as Sailor Moon which has influenced her since childhood. These optimistic colours also serve as a tool to counteract or ‘soften’ the often-uncomfortable subject matter and make it more accessible.

Since 2017 her focus has shifted to improving her skills creating murals and painting with oils to further push her technical artistic abilities.
Since 2020 she has also begun exploring painting in virtual reality using programs such as Gravity Sketch and Tilt Brush to explore yet another realm of painting practice.

 

Bio

Anne was born in Leipzig, Germany and lived in Berlin until she moved to a small coastal town in the south west of England at the age of 9, resulting in a dual upbringing between England and Germany.
In 2007 she moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated in 2010 with a BA (hons) Performance Design and Practice.
Since then she has also worked in the fields of set, prop and venue styling and design and production for corporate events, night clubs, festivals and fashion shoots.
In 2013 she decided to leave London and train as a free diver in Thailand before relocating to Berlin in 2014 to work full time as an artist.

She also thinks that writing in the third person is really amusing...

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