German born, Seattle based artist Anne Siems is truly a storyteller. Her paintings transport you like the fairy tales of your youth, to another world, a beautiful place. Siems' mixed media panel paintings appear to be based on stories from the past. She uses objects such as chandeliers and lace collars as well as traditional costumes to signify the presence of our history in our current, every-day lives. In many ways, Siems helps ground us in our history, helps us to understand where we have come from and where we are today.
Her figures have the faces of folk art dolls, the dress of a Victorian socialite and are placed in romantic pastoral settings. Yet there is no doubt that the dialog that occurs between figure and viewer is ultimately a contemporary one. Siems touches on issues that surround the natural world and human relationships, but she says, "What I paint comes from an intuitive visceral place. Elements found in my work have no specific symbolism." Although the work may have no specific symbolism, Siems hints at "all the realms in-between." Her work is intentionally open-ended. She delights in the viewer's discovery of his or her own story.