About

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AnneL was born in 1967 in Belgium.  In 2008 she moved to Israel with her husband, Alon Tamir, a musician, and their  two children. They are living in the Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov (m) in the Jordan Valley.

After several years of studying at the Academy of Saint-Gilles in Brussels, she worked with hired models and joined various groups of sculptors from 1995 until her move to Israel.  Now AnneL works from her studio at home.

AnneL’s sculptures portray solidity and power, dramatic and often complex emotions.  After years of creating sculptures based on formal and academic proportions,  AnneL chose to emphasize certain aspects of the body, such as the feet, hands, and ears.

She casts her sculptures in a foundry in Jerusalem and takes an active part in each step of the creative process.  When she works on wax models, she chisels the final product with the help of a professional and applies herself the patina.

Studies and experience:

2008-2011: Creation of sculpting workshops, Israel
2006-2008: Sculptor assistant: casting, molding, Belgium
2005-2008: Creation of sculpting workshops, Belgium
2004-2005: Creation of sculptures for institutions and parks, Europe
1995-2010: Different creations with and without models, Belgium
1994-1994: Obtaining of scholarship for stone sculpting studies, France
1993-1996: Diploma for global and relational motion psychotherapy in Roux, Belgium
1992-1995: Arts academy of Saint-Gilles, Belgium

Commentary on my biblical sculptures.

Joseph:
Joseph finds himself betrayed by his brothers, Potiphar’s wife, Potiphar himself and the Chief of the butlers.

He spends 17 years in prison.
Despite this, he forgives and saves his brothers and his entire family from starvation.
Joseph was an upright, honest and God-fearing man.

I have dressed him with a headdress reminiscent of the authority he had acquired in Egypt.
The sculpture has a quiet force, giving an impression of great love, strength and compassion; the inclined head and emphasized ear listening  with dignity, goodness and peace.

Pharaoh:

This piece is for me a symbol –  the essence of “ The Pharaoh”. A timeless representation of Pharaoh; be it at the time of Joseph or Moses.

Pharaoh has the inherent attributes of royalty, power and authority, his innate supremacy and self- deification is carried within his being and is evident on his face and in his expression.

The Queen of Sheba:

The Ethiopian Queen of Sheba hears that the King Solomon is the richest and most wise man on earth. She decides to investigate if this is indeed true by undertaking a luxury journey equipped with gifts of great value.
The reputation of the king is true … after becoming intimate with him, she returns home to Ethiopia bearing the fruits of their love. Born of this union are the Falasha people.
I created this iconic figure by combining two approaches: one geometric, as in the eyes and the corolla that frames the face of the queen; and the other, figurative, for the balance of the face.
Through this mask, I seek to reveal her as both a natural woman and a royal queenly authority.

Samuel:

I imagine his aging body, and his piercing regard.

Samuel is challenging the people of Israel whilst echoing the will of the Lord.

King Saul:

Saul, was the first king of Israel elected by the Lord.

Several years pass and Saul disobeys Him by seeking more to please people rather than pleasing the Lord.
His guidance from the Lord is forfeited but nevertheless he continues to rule with his own power.
The monarchy which has been granted to Saul temporarily is reflected by the crown  placed upon his head as a separate part and distinct from his personality.

I have represented him disillusioned and bitter whilst proudly maintaining a royal stature.

Naomi and Ruth:

Leaving the Promised Land Naomi lost everything, her husband, her sons and her property. She sends her daughters-in law away before returning bitter and shamed to her people – Israel.
Ruth, knowing that her destiny is linked to this woman she loves dearly, begins the journey with Naomi.

I have put larges ears on Ruth, I think she hears the call intended for her, she is ready, her steps are firm, her heel is lifted, she supports Naomi while Naomi is dragging her feet.
Their nudity represents their situation of loss and lack, but also reminds us that Naomi will later suckle her grandson Obed, born of Ruth and Boaz.

The oversized feet:

The more we receive the life-giving Spirit of the Lord, the more we anchor in the earth from which we were formed.
Between those poles, we are led, as intercessors, to live by Him in this fallen world.
The oversized feet which some of my characters have, represents this anchoring.