Seattle artist Anne Siems paints ethereal figures in mythical places with careful detail and refinement. Her dream-like depictions allude to childhood memories, wonderment, and 19th century ideas of scientific study, psychoanalysis and photographic portraiture. Elements, as if from a cabinet of curiosity, surround the figures in her paintings: birds, flowers, trees, trinkets, and lace. This exhibition entitled, Saints and Other Folk, continues her development of provocative narrative, placing figures in intimate and secluded tableaux. Harmonious in color, her works enchant us in their dreamy and poetic reverie.
Born in Germany, Anne Siems received her MFA in 1991 from Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. She has exhibited in the United States since the mid-1980s, at galleries in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Her work is in various public collections including the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; Boise Art Museum, ID; Microsoft Collection, Redmond, WA; Tacoma Art Museum, WA; and University Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle.