- In Short
a world inhabited by totemic figures
In Anne Forests paintings and sculptures of people and other creatures every line is sacred. She emphasizes diligence in hertechnique, a tendency that stems from her upbringing amongst Russian Orthodox icons. She appropriates this art-form by creating her own world, one inhabited by totemic figures.
In addition to the formal aspects, Forest immerses herself in the function of icons: a medium that facilitates the relationship between the believer (the viewer) and the saint (the figure portrayed); an almost fetishized object to worship and adore; a talisman. Converting and implementing these qualities in her own, secular work has become recurring theme in Forests work.
Besides icons, Forest also draws inspiration from Baroque and Renaissance portraits. By reinterpreting classical body language, clothing and everyday objects the works can serve as a starting point. However, it is the stoic appearances and references to hierarchy that especially interest Forest and incite her to peel away the layers and reveal the hidden worlds behind the faces portrayed.
As rigid and static as her visual language are, tactility plays a big part. Forest finds and creates unconventional and rough surfaces, ventures out into the three-dimensional or emphasizes the brushwork when she paints on more traditional, smooth surfaces.
She aims to create sincere and unambiguous art-pieces that can act as an open conduit between her and the viewer. The creatures she sends out into the world are her delegates. Their gaze is her gaze.