Anne Siems’ work is as much an endeavor into magical realism as it is a healing process. Having been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, she looks within and to nature as a way of introspection. This introspection manifests itself in her painting through realistic depictions of animals and women set amongst dark backgrounds and surrounded with subtle flashes of color.
Siems’ work takes inspiration from both early European and American landscapes inspired by where she grew up in Berlin and her current home of Seattle. Her work takes one on a journey into the unknown of the subconscious and presents a wondrous vision like image. Siems depicts both animals and women in supernatural and fantastical ways as she looks at feminine psychology and identity.
Siems was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of the South in Tennessee in in 1986 and graduated with her MFA from Hochshule der Kunste in Berlin in the year 1991. Since then, Siems has won multiple awards and has her work in collections worldwide. Some of these include the Sonoma State University Art Collection, Rohnert Park, CA; the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; and the Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID.
My work has moved from semi-abstract, room-filling plant and insect drawings, to paintings of detailed botanical and anatomical imagery on waxed paper bags, to my current work of young women and children on wood panel. The thread here being my fascination and awe of life on this planet and the connectedness I feel to all, but find hard to describe in words.
I think deep inside of us lives a longing to experience a sense of 'falling in love'. A visceral experience without words. For that to happen, this place needs to be free of irony, social commentary or conceptual humor. I am looking in my work to find the point in which we feel a certain ache – the ache caused by the knowledge that life is full of light and dark, sacred and profane, beauty and ugliness, life and death.