Seattle artist, Anne Siems paints ethereal figures in celestial places with careful detail and refinement. Her dream-like depictions allude to childhood memories, wonderment, and 19th century ideas in scientific study, psychoanalysis and photographic portraiture. Elements, as if from a cabinet of curiosity, surround the figure: birds in cages, flowers, trees, trinkets, and lace. This exhibition entitled, Creatures, continues her development of an allusive narrative, placing poised figures in personal and secluded tableaus. The figures evoke lost memories with an old world aesthetic. They are delicately rendered and composed, caught in that photographic moment of motionlessness. 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. She recently completed a commission for Nordstrom’s, Denver, CO. 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.