Anneke Bester is a South African born artist who has adopted New Zealand as home country. She exhibits in New Zealand, Portugal and Dubai (where she is doing contract work at the moment)
Anneke honed her sculpting skill while working as sculptor and props sculptor on Movies including “The Hobbit”, Narnia’s “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” and many more. Her Public Arts works can be seen in the Hamilton Gardens; the Alice in Wonderland display being one.
Her body of work is a combination of editioned and one off delicately cast bronze sculptures that seems to defy gravity.
Anneke is exploring her African roots with thin tall figures. She celebrates the human form in highly expressive poses telling the story of each piece with strong movement. Her focus on her own femininity and how to express it, shows in her female forms while she explores the suggestive nature of hiding the form or partially hiding it. The cloaked figures speak of her experiences whilst living in the Middle East and explores the perception of others as well as herself when it comes to being covered up and what that means to us. The fabric that cover these pieces in some instances become the structure to keep these figures up; becoming what they lean on and their grounding.
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