4 September – 13 October 2018
Opening: 7 September, 6-8pm
David Lusk Gallery presents a new exhibition of paintings by Anne Siems for her third solo show Feral. This
show follows on the heels of her previous show in Nashville Inquiry--one that concerned itself in particular
with the developments around unveiling women’s repression.
Siems examines feminine psychology and identity through history and continues focusing on young women
as her subjects. In a personal response to the #metoo movement and #timesup sentiment, her newest
portraits depict women as almost supernatural in form, fashion and color. Surrounded by curving neon lines,
elaborate costumed clothing and dramatic hairstyles, both in color and shape, Siems’ women embody the
true meaning of “feral:” in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication. These wild,
untamed and fierce women challenge men to stand back and women to stand up.
Of her work Siems says, “Letting go of shame around sexuality and nakedness, and by contrast moving into
the strength of girl power and womanhood—this led me right into the work for Feral in which I am inspired by
a new sense of feminism, a place of wildness, unconcerned with dictates of the fashion industry, the ideas
of what a beautiful woman is supposed to look like, the letting go of rules about body size and embrace of
women of all color.”
Anne Siems was born and raised in Berlin and lives and works in Seattle. She attended the University of the
South in Tennessee under a Fulbright Scholarship and completed her MFA at the Hochschule der Kunste in
Berlin. Her work has been shown in a myriad of exhibitions in galleries and institutions in New York, Berlin,
Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles, among other cities. Her
work can be found in collections spanning the globe, such has American Airlines; The Arkansas Art Center;
Boise Art Museum; Kemper Museum for Contemporary Art & Design; Lucy Liu; Microsoft; Nestle USA;
Nordstrom Corporation Stores; and Tacoma Art Museum, among other public and private collections.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 97 Tillman. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 11-4.
For more information or visuals please contact Lees Romano at 901 767 3800 or lees@davidluskgallery.