Anne Siems, Fireweed Tree, 48 x 48 in. Acrylic on Panel, “Anne Siems: Flora and Fauna -Exhibition of New Work” is on view at Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas, 9 August – 30 August, 2014. Siems is German born and now lives in Seattle. Her figurative work has typically been influenced by the landscape of her youth. However, for this show, Siems explores what she now calls home -the Pacific Northwest. Exploring a deeper connection with nature, through visual translucency and metaphor, she creates portraits of human characters that celebrate the joys of nature’s mysteries in relationship with old growth in the area.
Anne Siems, Fox Tree, 60 x 48 in. Acrylic on Panel, These trees, shaman-like and each with their own almost mystical ecosystem, seem to speak to the timeless realm of dreams, psyche, and spirit as well as life and death just as her figures do. Focusing the figures costumes to that of the 1850’s, a time when the area was most heavily settled, was extremely important to Siems. Her ongoing love and homage to the European Masters, Early American Folk Art and vintage photography remain evident in this exploration and celebration of our spiritual connection to the world we inhabit.
For more on Anne Siems Surrealism see previous post Healing Magic