Anna Grau

Anna Grau

"This exclusion of the outsider runs through the whole history of our culture. Exclusion of a fear-inducing feminine element is always present." (Christa Wolf, author, from an interview to 'Medea. Stimmen').
"Above all, this includes the figure of Lilith, Adam's first wife, who is virtually excluded from the biblical tradition as she was not only equal to Adam, but superior, yet she played an important role in the ancient Sumerian and Jewish traditions." (Quoted from Andreas Weber, "Fairy Spot: Medea - A Look Back to the Front!", Laudation)

The idea for the "Unleash Lilith!" cycle originated in the desire to rethink and visualise in symbolic and contemporary terms the "fear-inducing feminine element" found in women. I also believe that it is women who carry this fear-inducing feminine element, an element which is epitomised in the image of protohistorical Lilith. She appears to be the originator of unrest, the archetype of a woman who is a disobedient, provocative, dissenting, emancipated, androgynous, repulsive - yet strangely appealing at the same time.

My goal was to create a series of emotionally expressive women's portrayals. In one aspect they represent a new, marginalised, provocative expression of femininity, revealing women in all their beauty and otherness, while their other aspects are manifested through the use of various symbolic elements. Some of these come from nature in the form of animals such as the wolf or the spider, or flowers. Others are explicit inscriptions on women's skin which sound somewhat pagan, such as "God does not exist" written in Russian on Lilith.3. Lilith.6 shows the lap of a dominatrix which looks oversized in perspective and is a symbolic representation of an ’uberwoman’. The long hair of Lilith.9 is reminiscent of tree roots or snakes. Another "fear-inducing feminine element" can be seen on Lilith.11 which depicts two women who are apparently in love which each other. Lastly, Lilith.12 shows the portrayal of a transgender person.

This symbiosis between the female body and certain symbols reveals a new dimension to interpret meanings that are almost mystical. Nature in its origin is seen deeply interwoven with the feminine element. A woman is the origin of everything, and she is nature herself, the mother of all things living, or perhaps a witch.

My intent as a painter was to raise these questions through the ambiguous interplay between “good and evil” taking place on the female body. I create this contrast on canvas with the goal to achieve a tension that reaches deeply into the subconscious of the beholder. Every painting is a symbiotically connected antithesis of the first mother and a witch, beauty and ugliness, irritation and admiration, good and evil, light and shadow.

I present women in an exaggerated, stylised way and save them in a fixed visual form.

The "Unleash Lilith!" cycle is a study of nature which is specifically female, and at least a part of it relates to the modern woman. I aim to revive the archaic sacral element of life's origins found in every woman. In this context women are more reminiscent of pagan goddesses than of the Madonna with the Child, and this unorthodox vision is expressed in a new, contemporary form.

About

1980 Born in Moscow
1981-1995 Lived in Saint Petersburg
1990-1994 Art school, Saint Petersburg
1995 Moved to Berlin as Russian German
1998-2001 Private tutoring in various arts and painting techniques at Kunstsalon Posin, Berlin
2001-2007 Studies at Weissensee Academy of Art, Berlin
Since 2008 Freelance paintress


Videos:
2015 The Thousand Faces of Gold Margo

Awards:

2019 Grossenhain Art Award, 3rd price
2018 Heise Art Award, Dessau
2016 22nd Andreas Art Award, »Natur-Mensch«, Sankt Andreasberg
2015 26th Eisenturm Art Award, »Kollaps der Moderne?«, Mainz
2012 Audience Award 2012, »Natur-Mensch«, Sankt Andreasberg

Exhibitions:
30.05-16.06.2019 Group exhibition, Kulturhaus Mestlin, Mestlin
2019 Group exhibition, Grossenhain Art Award, 3rd price, Grossenhain
2019 »Unterwegs..wohin«, group exhibition, nominated for the Sparkasse-Karlsruhe Art Award
2018 »Zeit.los!«, group exhibition, winner of the Heise Art Award, Dessau
2018 »Die Welt..aus den Gefugen geraten«, group exhibition, nominated for the Sparkasse-Karlsruhe Art Award
2017 Group exhibition, Stiftung Starke, Berlin
2017 »Natur-Mensch«, group exhibition, Rathaus Scheune, Sankt Andreasberg
2017 NordArt 2017, International Art Exhibition, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf
2017 »Kopfkino«, group exhibition, Dessau
2017 »Mörder im Museum«, group exhibition, Karlsruhe
2016 »Natur-Mensch«, group exhibition, winner of 22nd Andreas Art Award, Rathaus-Scheune, Sankt Andreasberg
2016 International group exhibition, artgeschoß-project, Welfenakademie, Braunschweig
2016 »Verlangen«, group exhibition, Dessau
2016 Group exhibition, LemoArt Gallery, Berlin
2016 »Beauty«, group exhibition, Vinogradov Gallery, Berlin
2015 »Kollaps der Moderne?«, group exhibition, winner of 26th Eisenturm Art Award, Kunstverein Eisenturm, Mainz
2015 »Eva in the City«, solo exhibition, Gallery Uhrwerk, Berlin
2015 Group exhibition, LemoArt Gallery, Berlin
2015 »Berliner Kind-(Aus)leben eines Traums«, group exhibition, art house Acud, Berlin
2015 Russian Contemporary Art Week, group exhibition, The Ballery Gallery, Berlin
2015 Group exhibition, LemoArt Gallery, Berlin
2014 »Vary, modify«, group exhibition, shortlisted for the 28th Art Award of the Kreissparkasse Esslingen-Nürtingen Foundation, Kirchheim
2014 »Mix it«, group exhibition, Gallery Wedding, Berlin
2013 »Natur-Mensch«, group exhibition, shortlisted for the Andreas Art Award 2013, winner of Audience Award, Rathaus-Scheune, Sankt Andreasberg
2013 »Wedding-Kunst pur!«, group exhibition, Gallery Wedding, Berlin
2013 »Another side of Russian Berlin«, group exhibition, Russisches Haus, Berlin
2012 »Portraits«, solo exhibition, Kunstscheune, Landshut
2011 »Faces«, group exhibition, shortlisted for Lucas-Kranach Art Award 2011, Kronach-Stadt
2011 »Communicating«, solo exhibition, Studio 54/Tacheles, Berlin
2010 »48 hours Neukölln«, group exhibition, Neuköllner Kunstsalon, Berlin
2010 »Eva in the City«, solo exhibition, Autorenschule, Berlin
2009 Group exhibition, Tacheles, Berlin
2008 »Good Amerika - bad Amerika«, group exhibition, shortlisted for Leonardo Art Award 2008, Galerie Noah, Augsburg
2008 »Exhibition 38«, group exhibition, Vinogradov Gallery, Berlin
2007 Group exhibition, Kunstsalon »D21«, Leipzig
2006 »Expressions«, solo exhibition, Kunstsalon Posin, Berlin
2005 Solo exhibition, Gallery one-hour, Berlin
2004 »Expressions«, solo exhibition, Haus der Sinne, Berlin




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