Anne Bengard

Anne was born in Leipzig, Germany and lived in Berlin until she moved to a small coastal town in the south west of England at the age of 9, resulting in a dual upbringing between England and Germany.
In 2007 she moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated in 2010 with a BA (hons) Performance Design and Practice.
Since then she has also worked in the fields of set, prop and venue styling and design and production for corporate events, night clubs, festivals and fashion shoots.
In 2013 she decided to leave London and train as a free diver in Thailand before relocating to Berlin in 2014 to work full time as an artist.

Forget Me Not
2023 | Oil on Linen | 90 x 130 cm | ‘Forget me not’ is a reinterpreted version of a piece of work Anne created in 2006, when she was 18 years old. During Anne’s teenage years, many of her peers were playing the game of using a sharp object, aiming to stab it in quick succession, between the spaces of one’s spread fingers; a risky game. It points at the uncertainties she has faced and continues to face living and growing as an artist. In the pursuit of building a career and striving for mastery, perhaps even trying to create a legacy, what has been achieved can easily slip out of focus. Anne collects her own work for the purpose of looking back on it to reminisce on the process and witness her progress. The two pieces beside each other are an acknowledgement and celebration of just that; What has already been accomplished in this lifetime.