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Anne Athena's work is autobiographical and draws upon her life experience – love, family, memories and contemplations, seen through the veil of her eternal life companion; bipolar disorder. Through her work she opens a window to an inner space, a beautiful, ethereal and dreamlike world that veils the very real, and often dark and difficult, subject matter of human existence. Anne Athena's work starts with herself, but does not end there; the subject matter reaches into humanity as a whole – how we experience the society we have created around ourselves, and the psychological challenges it brings to us as human beings.
Through hand built vessels and figures, hand painted pattern, mark-making, and illustration, Anne employs artistic languages anchored in the taxonomy of ceramic vessels and figures which, since the earliest forms of pottery, have always been used to leave a trail; a narrative of the culture and the people who made them. Through her work Anne Athena continues this tradition, as an artist in the 20th century.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Ceramics & Glass
Anne Athena, born in Denmark 1984.
Anne Athena’s practice springs from her deep interest in human behaviour, spirituality and psychology, human beings and the stories of their lives. She strives to create narratives that open a window to the unseen worlds of the human being. These sometimes being the more dark and melancholic sides to our existence, some examples are abuse, addiction and mental health. She uses the realms of figurative, surrealism and symbolism to veil these narratives in beauty and colour. This combined with her passion for craft skill, historical art and design results in an aesthetics that is heavily influenced by traditional ceramics; pattern, ornamentation, the figure and the vessel.
Her research method is auto-ethnographic, a concept that deals with collection meaning instead of data. In her artistic practice she continuously collects symbols where she travels and through the people she meets. She turns this into her own symbolic language that is used to convey her findings into ceramic pieces. With every body of work made she adds symbols to her database. Describe in illustration and writing the symbols can be used to go deeper into interpretation of Athena´s work.
Athena’s ceramic practice is her medium wherein she can materialise her studies and contemplations. Before Anne Athena was a ceramicist, she was a painter and today she uses that skill in her making, she combines her two artistic languages, to create a three-dimensional canvas for her to tell her stories on. The four greatest influences in her life include painters, Frida Kahlo, Dali, Gustav Klimt and William Blake. Greatest contemporary ceramic influences are Kurt Weiser and Grayson Perry.
- BA Ceramics, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 2014
- Teaching and tech. in her birth town of Aalborg, Denmark
- Anne has exhibited nationally and internationally. For further information please contact [email protected] or visit www.schleiffer.art
- Waddesdon Manor, Print Project Prize, 2018