Art Of Spring

And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant


Kathy Ruttenberg, The Messenger, Ceramic Sculpture, Courtesy and © Kathy Ruttenberg.

The environmentally astute fairytale sculptures of Chicago-born, New York-based artist Kathy Ruttenberg inhabit an allegorically charged world of unconscious drives, Ovidian transformations and feminist-inflected narratives. Described by Donald Kuspit as perhaps the most creative, certainly unusual, ceramic art being made today, Ruttenberg’s work is populated with women sprouting or metamorphosing into trees, flowers, birds, snails, antlers and crabs. Figurines of whimsical caterpillars, bats and rabbits are intricately rendered in clay and watercolor, a three-dimensional counterpart to the poetry and visions of William Blake a la Beatrix Potter. “The tools for my work are fire, earth and emotions,” Ruttenberg writes. “This mix makes an interesting cocktail of allegory and symbolism, with an odd twist of nature. In my world, where the wind blows with intensity, animals and humans often share the moment.”

Healing Magic


Anne Siems “Healing” Recent Paintings Exhibition Card,  Image: Bird Medicine, 48 x 48 in, Acrylic & Mixed Media on Panel, 2013, Courtesy and © Anne Siems.

Recent paintings and works on paper by artist Anne Siems are on view in her solo exhibition “Healing” at Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, now through 20 July, 2013. Anne Siems magical paintings are inspired by her love of the European Masters, Early American Folk Art, as well as vintage and modern photography. Ritual elements and mythological animals from Native American Indian traditions, medicine and lore, are prominent subjects in Siems’ menagerie. Her cast of highly stylized animal and human characters emerge into dreamy colonial landscapes and fable-like ghost story narratives, that are at once both whimsical and haunting, tame and wild, leaving a compelling residue of history, forgotten beliefs, and the mysterious natural world to contemplate.


Anne Siems, Lynx Spirit, 36 x 36 in, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 2012, Courtesy and © Anne Siems.

In her biography, Siems says that she “continues her interest in the human figure (medical and botanical works inspired her earlier works), and the attributes that surround it. These attributes show something about the being without giving a specific narrative. Ideas about life and death, sensuality, sexuality, nature, experiences in the realm of dreams, psyche and spirit” are her ongoing motifs.


Anne Siems, St. Bee, 40 x 40 in, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 2011, Courtesy and © Anne Siems. 


Anne Siems, Bell Rites, 48 x 36 in, Acrylic & Mixed Media on Panel, 2013, Courtesy and © Anne Siems.


Siems, a Fulbright Scholar, has exhibited in Canada and in Europe and widely throughout the United States. Her work is included in such collections as the Arkansas Art Centre, Boise Art Museum, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Tacoma Art Museum. Her work is represented by several galleries across the United States, including Littlejohn Contemporary, NY & Obsolete, CA. Siems currently lives in the northwestern United States.

Anne Siems, who is German-born and currently lives in the northwestern United States, has drawn inspiration from the Guide on Wildlife in Europe, featuring unforgettable animal portraits. These, along with her youthful cast of animal and human characters, celebrate the joys and mysteries of life. Distinct identities emerge in each portrait with fable-like stories becoming the narrative. Ritual elements from Native American medicine and culture, rabbits, deer, owls and mythological animals, their pelts and feathers, are prominent subjects in Siems’ menagerie. The muse of the artist is both real and imaginary.More Information:[/url]
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