As an artist who incorporates many disciplines into her multidimensional art, Anneke Stewart’s art practice is a fluid and evolving entity. In producing painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, Anneke defines and expresses her life-theme of energetic moments in time. This preoccupation with moments in time informs and shapes all her work in spite of the differing mediums, and Anneke relishes the ongoing challenge of seeking the means to visualise and manifest the energy of life. She raises questions about the nature of human programming and energy to work in step with the shapes and rhythms that pervade our existence. With Anneke's aesthetic being derived from theories of resonance and universal energy, she seeks to explain complex concepts and their diverse and sometimes other worldly manifestations, with the help of the wide range of mediums that she prolifically works in. Anneke believes art has the power to influence the energy of the viewer so with that in mind she aims to create artwork that has a positive presence.
The mandala imagery comes from a long standing fascination of the healing capabilities of traditional Buddhist mandala sand art. Mandalas are present in many ancient religions; spiritual geometric configurations that aim to represent our relationship to the infinite, drawing the viewer in and creating an opportunity for contemplation. Anneke has adapted the kaleidoscopic nature of the mandala seeking to provoke a translation of the essence of the given subject matter.
“A large part of my creative journey alludes to a natural aesthetic. Parallel to this, I have poked a stick at invasive frequencies such as mass media programming. If we are influenced by the positive power of nature, then it seems logical that emf’s and city-based & societal frequential patterns may negatively affect the human psyche and our ability to feel grounded and whole. My work applies a post-colonial - post-modern perspective to a contemporary New Zealand art practise, constructing a new visual for ancient belief systems whilst grounding my work in the current New Zealand landscape and creative environment.”
Anneke creates finely crafted design and art works that honour the Earth. New Zealand made art and objects that you will LOVE to have in your life.
Based in Sumner New Zealand, Anneke has a Bachelor of Design, a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture, and is currently doing her Masters in Creative Practice.