I first discovered the work of Dutch artist Ans Bakker a few years ago while reading an article about her home in the book Country Interiors. I feel in love with her organic and creative style that focused on 'Nests' and 'Romance'. Ans uses a variety of materials including found branches, glass, copper, iron and other recycled materials to create her own special blend of 'atmosphere'! "It is like digging up old fossils" she explains, "They slowly develop under my hands, sometimes by working, but often by living and giving shape to events. I create the frozen moment. It is me who stops time, no one else."
Ans' newer work has a modern reliquary feel, with molten glass shaped into crosses, globes, crowns and other magical forms. They do indeed look like ancient frozen relics dug up from a royal site on Northern Land. It is as if she met the Snow Queen deep in the woods, claimed the magic for her self and created a new alchemy!
Ans has a blog which you can reach via her site. If you click on the first link to the left on her site, you will find a 'English' translation that will lead you through all her galleries!