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Oil on canvas
27.50 x 23.62 inches
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
"Fiadh" is a captivating artwork within Anne-Marie Zanetti's evocative "Reminisce" series. This series revolves around Zanetti's youngest daughter, Bec, who embodies a profound wellspring of inspiration. In "Fiadh," Bec stands as a vibrant embodiment of youthful exuberance, sporting retro sunglasses that shield her eyes while bright red lips accentuate her playfully enigmatic expression. Her hair is meticulously woven into multiple pigtail braids, an homage to a carefree era.
The backdrop is a visual tapestry of nostalgia, a 70s floral pattern adorned with hues of blues, reds, and purples. This motif serves as a portal into the artist's past, transporting viewers to a landscape of fleeting impressions from Zanetti's own adolescent journey through the 1970s and 1980s.
Through her masterful strokes, Zanetti captures the essence of Bec's transitional phase as she steps into a new chapter of life. This exploration becomes a mirror for the artist, compelling her to delve into the recesses of her own memory. As Bec's journey mirrors Zanetti's own past, the artwork becomes a conduit for understanding and introspection. The intention behind these portraits is not only to unlock hidden truths about the artist's younger self but also to grant these insights a voice and power.
"Fiadh" encapsulates the dynamic interplay between generations, inviting us to contemplate the symbiotic relationship between youthful aspirations and the echoes of past experiences. Anne-Marie Zanetti's masterful brushwork, combined with the vivid portrayal of Bec and the era-evoking details, paints a vivid picture that resonates with personal discovery, shared narratives, and the enduring passage of time.
Anne-Marie Zanetti is a self-styled, award winning Australian artist whose photorealist paintings featuring rich luminous colours, dramatic use of sunlight and intricate details are held in galleries and private collections here and internationally.
Starting her art practice later in life – she was in her early 40s – Anne-Marie's work is inspired by delving into personal experience, namely the stunning range of human emotions.
The emerging artist is most inspired when she is truly vulnerable and present to both the external and internal worlds. From the drama of a smashed watermelon to the intensity of her portraits, AnneMarie's oil pieces embody intrigue and passion. They are eye catching, rhythmical, flowing, bold and strong.
Anne-Marie is devoted to a singular purpose. To illuminate the preciousness of objects and moments in time that may otherwise seem insignificant or ordinary...to invite viewers to enter a meditative place by feeling a sense of intimacy, wonder and awe...and to crack wide open the world's beauty for all to see.
The soulful quality of Anne-Marie's work stems primarily from a traumatic experience early on that was to profoundly change her life. At 17, she fell pregnant and, under hushed circumstances, flew to the other side of Australia to give birth and adopt out her daughter.
With hindsight and the benefit of many years of self-exploration, Anne-Marie now considers her life to be incredibly blessed. She is married to a loving man and mother to two more wonderful children and very grateful to be happily reconnected with her first daughter and family, including two grandchildren.
The process of dealing with her grief, loss and the multitude of other emotions, however, is for her never-ending and constantly shape-shifting, akin to 'walking the tight line'. One of the ways in which Anne-Marie reclaims those essential parts of herself is through her art practice.
Each painting is a sensitive expression of another layer peeled back, another truth exposed, another light shone on a situation no matter how unbearable. The unfathomable depth of relinquishing her first daughter, and that of motherhood in general (including the ineffable joys), now informs her canvas. There, it is therapeutically transformed.