At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Anna Zimmermann to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.
What do you call your series of artworks?
– "Fraction of Femininity." I paint oil portraits, capturing women through a prism of abstraction and expressionism, focusing especially on the nuanced language of gesture and non-verbal expressions. Almost like a dance between female desire and seductive movements.
What technique have you used?
– The works are made of oil paint on paper or canvas and oil pencils. I have become more confident in my practice and crave the warmth and richness of oil paint. I believe oil is a fiercer material where I have to accept the imprecise and follow my intuition more deliberately.
What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?
– The artworks are a selection from my body of work - by bringing body and color together and creating a harmonious exaggeration.
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?
– I studied fashion design in Berlin, with a strong focus on painting and drawing. I was in the drawing and painting class of German artist Ute Rathmann and founded an art collective with her and other fellow students, where we organized a group exhibition right after we graduated. Alongside my work as a fashion and product designer, I have continued my artistic practice over the years. Being very interested in art history, contemporary art and music, I look for my inspiration in the art itself and make many references to songs I listen to while painting. I enjoy listening to a range of artists from David Bowie, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar to Kate Bush, Cleo Sol, Frank Ocean, The Message, The Knife or Planningtorock - you could say my musical taste is as eclectic as my art. Strong contrasts balanced with a sweet gentleness.
How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?
– Full of gesture.
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT ANNA ZIMMERMANN:
Anna's artistry brilliantly showcases the dynamic interplay between abstraction and the female form. Her oil portraits intricately capture the subtleties of gesture and emotion, inviting viewers into a vibrant world of captivating expressions and contemporary finesse.