“showers and shamanism”

Hello! Here we are… September and Season No.2 of ART FOR YOUR EAR! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick things off than with the ghostly dresses, strange animals, delicate faces of the incredibly talented German born, Seattle based artist Anne Siems! I was so excited to finally talk to her, and thrilled to have another excuse to post a bunch of her stunning paintings. You can listen to our conversation right up there under “Squirrel Boy” {whom I love more than I can explain}, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, the strange and beautiful work of Anne’s that I first fell in love with a few years back:

Oh, those translucent clothes! They give me chills. Her work has evolved away from this slightly, but I had to include them. LOVE.

Next, antlers and animals… this was Anne’s first venture into the subject of Shamanism {she felt it might have been a bit literal, but I still love them very, very, very much!} :

See? Amazing. This is where her work is heading now… more mystical, less literal, always beautiful:

That closeup. I mean, come on!

And for her most recent work, which will be showing at David Lusk Gallery in Nashville this November {2nd – 30th}, she seems to be merging many of her themes and images from the past few years together. Magical, mysterious, and the animals are back:

Sigh. Gorgeous.

And finally, in the first “Not-So-Speedy Speed Round” of Season No.2 I asked Anne which animal is her favorite to paint:

Rabbits. Big ones! Love, love, love {and of course, I still love you “Squirrel Boy” even though there’s no hare in sight.}

And finally, I can’t finish this post without giving you a peek into Anne’s studio. I love seeing an artist in action:

Ahhh, beautiful light and a woman filled with beautiful light! Thank you so much to Anne for being my first guest for this new season; thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support me and this podcast; and of course, THANK YOU for coming back for Season No.2! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. University of the South at Sewanee
  2. David French, Sculptor
  3. Anne’s workshop info! 
  4. “Inquiry” show at David Lusk Gallery, Nashville (Nov)
  5. Memphis Show, David Lusk Gallery
  6. Fibromyalgia
  7. Anne on Instagram


comments (11)

  1. Jen /// 09.16.2017 /// 8:01am

    Yaaaaaaaay! So glad AFYE is back!

  2. the jealous curator /// 09.16.2017 /// 12:12pm

    me too! : )

  3. Laura Larson /// 09.16.2017 /// 4:02pm

    I love her work and the new direction she’s taking. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  4. Julie /// 09.17.2017 /// 5:53am

    Yay! So happy youre back! Glad you had a great break and a fab first podcast for the year! x

  5. Virginia /// 09.18.2017 /// 4:11am

    Oh, Danielle, how I have missed this intro music! Thanks for coming back.

  6. the jealous curator /// 09.18.2017 /// 6:51am

    ha! i love hearing that music again too 🙂

  7. Krista /// 09.18.2017 /// 10:05am

    So glad you are back. I have been listening to reruns all summer!

  8. Michelle Kingdom /// 09.18.2017 /// 9:30pm

    I’m terribly late to the podcast party but the lure of Anne Siems incredible work finally brought me in – what an enjoyable and insightful interview! I just finished listening to another favorite, Amanda Smith, and now I’m hooked. Thanks for the inspiration❤️

  9. sarah /// 09.19.2017 /// 4:07am

    Great interview! I am new to Anne’s work and enjoyed discovering it through this podcast. Anne sounds like a beautiful soul.
    I have heard of a few artists with chronic illnesses and I would be intrigued to learn if Anne has ever eliminated any art materials from her practice that may be affecting her health? I switched to acrylics when pregnant as I didn’t like the idea of breathing in the fumes from oil paints, although some would argue oil paints are made of more natural ingredients than acrylics.
    Looking forward to more interviews Danielle!x

  10. Kim /// 09.20.2017 /// 5:22am

    I’m sorry that summer is ending but happy that Art for Your Ear has come back. Such a great interview! I had a good laugh because it’s a beautiful day and I really wanted to go to the lake but I made myself spend a few hours in the studio first (made easier by listening to your podcast).
    I love Anne’s work, every single piece makes me think WOW. I think I probably first heard of her from your blog, and now I’m so glad to know more about her. I had a similar experience in art school, feeling unsupported because I was a real outsider in every way in my class. It was encouraging to hear of Anne’s experience as an exchange student, and seeing how much success she’s had since then.
    Thank you so much for keeping the podcast going – it’s my favourite thing on the internet!

  11. sandra /// 09.22.2017 /// 10:49pm


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