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Recent paintings and works on paper by Anne Siems on view at Littlejohn Contemporary
Girl with Deer Skull Drawing, acrylic paint on paper, 50x38 inches

NEW YORK, NY.- Anne Siems, who is German-born and currently lives in the northwestern United States, has drawn inspiration from the Guide on Wildlife in Europe, featuring unforgettable animal portraits. These, along with her youthful cast of animal and human characters, celebrate the joys and mysteries of life. Distinct identities emerge in each portrait with fable-like stories becoming the narrative. Ritual elements from Native American medicine and culture, rabbits, deer, owls and mythological animals, their pelts and feathers, are prominent subjects in Siems’ menagerie. The muse of the artist is both real and imaginary.

In 2001 it seemed like I never recovered fully from a flu , I constantly felt fatigued and achy. Several years later I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Ever since, I have been on a path to find healing. My work in psychotherapy has helped me to shift my nervous system to a calmer, less exhausting “gear” (in Fibromyalgia the nervous system is in a constant fight or flight pattern). This work has also gotten me more deeply in touch with the earth as a sacred being. For a while now I have longed for more ritual and ceremony in my life. I was raised with little religion, but connected to Christianity through my time as a child in South America and my upbringing in Germany.

Lately, I have found my yearning for spiritual practice in the Native American traditions of shamanic medicine making. I believe in all of us is the genuine desire to connect first and foremost with that which sustains us. All of our ancestors were originally oriented toward ritual and ceremony that honored and celebrated the earth, the sky and all that exists in between.

I believe we can attain healing for the body, soul and planet by rediscovering our relationship to these roots of worship. Consciously thanking that which sustains us –the air we breathe, the earth that holds us to her and everything that surrounds us- allows for just that. -- Anne Siems, 2013

Siems, a Fulbright Scholar, has exhibited in Canada, Europe and throughout the United States. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition at Littlejohn Contemporary.

Her work is included in such collections as the Arkansas Arts Centre, Boise Art Museum, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Tacoma Art Museum.

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