ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anne Bengard was born in Leipzig, had her childhood in Berlin, and relocated to South Devon, England at an early age. She studied Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. In her late teens, she began working for London’s Torture Garden, the world's largest fetish club. Fetish club etiquette formed her ethos of consent, respect, and tolerance which now forms the basis of her work. This led to a career in art departments and venue styling, working on the festival circuit, night clubs, and private parties. In 2014 Anne left London, trained as a free diver in Thailand, and then relocated to Berlin to focus on her painting practice.
Anne’s work deals with issues around connection, intimacy, and fetishization, understanding the term ‘fetish’ in the context of behavior, devotion, obsession, and consumption. At times borderline voyeuristic, her visual language uses polarities to explore social issues, norms, and stereotypes and aims to create a sense of sensuality and tension. Anne’s works ask questions rather than make statements.