Using textiles and embroidery techniques as her brushes, artist Anne von Freyburg creates fascinating artworks that explore the concept of femininity.
London-based artist Anne von Freyburg explores concepts of femininity, high and low art, and historical norms in her work. Instead of paint and brushes or sculpting tools, she uses textiles and embroidery techniques to paint opulent scenes with a breathtaking level of detail and intricacy. The complexity of the designs reflects the artist’s preference for the Rococo period as a medium through which to analyze the hierarchical systems found in art, focusing on the role of the female and femininity in this context.
Historically associated with superfluous decorations and frivolity, works that involved embroidery or the use of textiles were usually considered frivolous and low art, compared to painting. In her work, the artist challenges all of these historical limitations while also exploring the concept of modern beauty standards. Starting with artworks created by Rococo artists like Jean-Honoré Fragonard or François Boucher, Anne von Freyburg then works with textile materials, in bright colors and with different textures, to create her masterpieces.
To bring her vision to life, the artist uses a range of materials and techniques that explore different concepts. For example, fast fashion materials allude to consumerism while BDSM faux leather challenges the idea of female objectification. Some works combine materials from different eras, weaving a conceptual tapestry through history. Highly intricate and multi-layered, both literally and figuratively, Anne von Freyburg’s creations categorically bring textiles and embroidery or quilting techniques into the medium of fine art.
You can admire more of the artist’s work by visiting her official website. And if you’re in London from the 2nd to the 14th of February 2024, you can also stop by the Anne von Freyburg: Papillotage exhibition, held at HOFA Gallery London art gallery in the Mayfair area of London, UK. Photographs © Anne von Freyburg.