paintings / drawing on paper

Anija Seedler

Anija Seedler
Schlema, Germany
Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany
@anija.seedler

About the artist
Anija Seedler

The “illustrated stories of moments” of Leipzig – based artist Anija Seedler appear as visual translations of balanced fragments of autonomous building blocks of an independent whole. With red ink she draws figures and gestures from everyday worlds making sure that the narrative in the image does not cause the movement to be lost.

Anija collages drawings of complex figure constellations – Lovers, mourners and children, and intensifies their relationships by stage – undecided, in-between and imperfect.

Despite being figurative, Seedler’s works on paper walk the tightrope between performing and visual art. Seedler challenges the viewers’ perception by experimenting with the a few, sure strokes, streaks and curved lines, balancing human and inhuman elements within her work to reveal a style that is at once classical in technique, yet subversive and rebellious in content. Her figures are and move “ in between”: between joy and sadness, inside and outside, male and female, contact and distance; their intention is not clearly visible.

Ultimately, Anija Seedler’s figurative paintings and drawings are anything but before, with new characters and moods – but always full of secrets. Finding the inherent truth in lived experience — cruelty and love, violence and beauty – is what moves the artist.

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Selected works
Anija Seedler

Sauropsid, 2021

from the series Phantasmagoria
Ink, Pigment on Canvas
27.6 x 39.4 inches
70 x 100cm

Ursidae, 2021
from the series Phantasmagoria

Ink, Pigment on Canvas
23.6 x 31.5 inches
60 x 80cm

Spirito Santo, 2021

Ink, Pigment on Canvas
31.5 x 23.6 inches
80 x 60cm

Land of milk and honey, Hermetosphäre, 2021

Ink, Pigment on Canvas
39.4 x 27.6 inches
100 x 70 cm

Isola Bella, 2021
from the series Isola Bella

Ink, Pigment on Paper
7.8 x 9.8 inches
20 x 25cm

Water Lily (Schweigen), 2021
from the series Isola Bella

Ink, Pigment on Paper
7.8 x 10.2 inches
20 x 26cm

Dancing Queen , 2021
from the series Isola Bella

Ink, Pigment on Paper
7 x 9.8 inches
18 x 25cm

Paradise Bird, 2021
from the series Isola Bella

Ink, Pigment on Paper
7.5 x 10.2 inches
19x26cm

Hybris, 2020

Ink, Pigment on Paper
7.5 x 10.2 inches
19x26cm

Spettacolo Magico, 2021

Ink, Pigment on Paper
7.5 x 10.2 inches
19x26cm

Antipode, 2021

Ink, Pigment on Paper
7.5 x 10.2 inches
19x26cm

Party is over II, 2020
from the series Isola Bella

Ink, Pigment on Paper
7.8 x 10.2 inches
20 x 26cm

Last Unicorn, 2016
Ink, Pigment on Paper

63 x 82.7 inches
160 x 210cm

Phantasmagoria, 2018

Ink, Pigment on Paper
55.1 x 84.6 inches
140 x 215cm

Phoenice, 2021

Ink, Pigment on Paper
39.4 x 27.6 inches
100 x 70cm

Exhibition views
Anija Seedler

education, honors, awards and exhibitions
Anija Seedler

Honors and Awards (selection)

2020 working scholarship Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Dresden

2020 project fellowship BBK Berlin

2019 project fellowship Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen state saxony Dresden

2019 project fellowship Kulturamt Leipzig

2012 Phönix Kunstpreis, international Phönix art Grant, Mediantis Stiftung München, Tutzing

2012 work fellowship of the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen state Saxony Dresden

2011 Artist Price of the city Limburg

2006 Stiftung Kunstfonds / Grant of the Foundation Kunstfonds Bonn

2004 fellowship German-French-Cultural-Counsil Saarbrücken

1997 working scholarship Leonardo da Vinci Stipendium Dresden

Collections

Dresden State Art Collections | Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Collection Saxon State Parliament Dresden | Sammlung Sächsischer Landtag

Museum for Contemporary Art Neue Sächsische Gallery Chemnitz

Foundation Kulturdialog Yerevan, Armenia

Foundation Moritzburg | Stiftung Moritzburg Halle

German Academy of Arts | Akademie der Künste Berlin

German National Library | Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Collection Museum of the Printing Arts | Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

Selected Soloshows

2020
Souveräne Melancholie, Galerie Intershop interdisziplinär, Spinnerei Leipzig

2019
Chinoiserie, Gallery Aedaen, Strasbourg, France

2018
Menagerie, Fraunhofer Institut Chemnitz

2016
A História Maravilhosa de Peter Schlemihl, Goetheinstitut Lissabon

2014
Imperfektes Kino, ACC Gallery Weimar

2013
Kabinettausstellung, Städtische Museen, Galerie am Domhof Zwickau

2012
Animateure, Gallery Spinnerei archiv massiv / Blindengarten, Kunstverein Braunschweig

2011
Scheinwarnpracht, Kunstsammlungen der Stadt Limburg

2010
Testimoni silenziosi, Biblioteca Comunale Civica, Parma, Italy

2009
grisgris, Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz

2007
Testimoni silenziosi, Palazzo D ́Accursio Bologna, Italy

2004
Zierkuss, Gallery Atelier 67, Nantes, France

2003
Still, Foyer Rural, Notre Dame de Monts, France

2002
Formazioni di danza, Galleria il Punto, Bologna, Italy

Selected Groupshows

2021
Störenfriede, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig I Can ́t touch it, Spinnerei Leipzig

2020
Querulantin, Gallery Potemka, Leipzig / Privileg, KV Aktuelle Kunst Zwickau / Privileg, Haus für Poesie, Berlin | Aquarell, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz | unlock, Gallery Intershop interdisziplinär, Spinnerei Leipzig | 100 Sächsische Grafiken, Print Biennale, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz | Lackaffe und andere Duelle, Neues in der Sammlung, Museum for contemporary art Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz

2019
100 Sächsische Grafiken, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig | et voilà la réalité, Gallery Intershop Spinnerei Leipzig | Revolutionale, Karstadt, Leipzig | Circlus, Thaler Originalgrafik, Spinnerei Leipzig

2018
Payesages, chimères les pleuplant, Gallery Aedaen, Strasbourg, France | Welt der Dualismen, Neuer Sächsischer Kunstverein Dresden | Nach dem Bild ist vor dem Bild, KV Freunde Aktueller Kunst Zwickau | vierundzwanzigmalvierzig, Thaler Originalgrafik, Spinnerei Leipzig | 100 Sächsische Grafiken, Print Biennale, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz I Originale_18, Safari in die eigene Wahrnehmung, Telemannsaal, Zoo Leipzig

2017
Licht, Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig | Artists‘ Books
for Everything, Weserburg, Museum for modern art Bremen | Gallery im Weltecho, Chemnitz | Prolog, Gallery Heike Arndt, Berlin | gezeichnet, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz | Pentomino#3, Thaler Originalgrafik | International Print Biennale Yerevan, Armenien

2016
100 Sächsische Grafiken, Print Biennale, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz

2015
Thaler Originalgrafik, auf AEG, Nürnberg | Werkschauhalle Spinnerei Leipzig | Drei, Gallery Eithner Berlin

2014
Die Kunst des Weglassens | Museum for contemporary art Chemnitz | Museum of Modern Art, Hünfeld | Basislager Leipzig

2013
Mein lieber Schwan, ACC Gallery Weimar | Hin und Weg, KV Freunde Aktueller Kunst, Zwickau | Nass in Nass, Dresdner Sezession, Gallery Drei, Dresden

2012
Neuzugänge 2012, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Berlin | WIN / WIN, Halle 14, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei

2010
Kraftfeld, Lindenau Museum Altenburg | Stiftung Moritzburg Halle

2009
darkside of beauty, Neue Sächsische Galerie, Chemnitz

2003
Zirkusmetamorphosen, Neue Sächsische Galerie, Chemnitzer Kunsthütte

2000
Trame d‘autore, Biennale d ́ arte tessile Chieri, Torino

1999
Iceberg, Biennale giovani artisti di Bologna, Italy

1998
quasi moda, Ludwig Forum for international art Aachen

1997
Kaktus, giovani artisti di Bologna, Galleria il sesto senso, Bologna, Italy

Selected Books

2021 animiertes EBook, Schattenfraß, MMKoehn Verlag Leipzig, DT, ENGL

2020 Schattenfraß/ Umbrage, Ein Theatrum Mundi, MMKoehn Verlag Berlin, ISBN 978-3-944903-49-1  DT / EN

2019 Das Lied vom Flederwisch, The Feather-Duster Song, weiw Verlag Stralsund/Amsterdam, ISBN 978-3-937938-22-6 DT / ENGL

2019 Aardvarks Root Around Forever, weiw Verlag Stralsund/Amsterdam, ISBN 978-3-937938-08-0

2014 Imperfektes Kino/imperfect cinema, Kerber Verlag Bielefeld Berlin, ISBN 978-3-86678-905-0, DT/ENGL

2010 Il catalogo segreto, Artebambini Verlag Bologna, ISBN 88-89705-37-7, ITAL

2009 grisgris, Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz, ISBN 3-937176-16-0

2008 Seiltänzerin mittendrin, weiw Verlag Stralsund/Amsterdam, ISBN 978-3-937938-13-1 DT / ENGL

2007 Erdferkel werkeln ewig, weiw Stralsund Amsterdam, ISBN 978-3-937938-08-0

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