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Ann Wiberg – From Haute couture to painting

"Art does not need words and explanations. It is like a world language that no one speaks, but everyone feels."

Here you can meet Ann Wiberg, who comes from the world of Haute Couture in Paris, where she started the first international sustainability couture brand “Trash-Couture”. That’s 18 years ago now. Here she has enjoyed worldwide success, dressing countless actors and US Vice President Kamala Harris. In recent years, she’s moved closer to the metaphoric and visual world of painting.

“Every dress is like a painting, a piece of art. Therefore, it felt like a natural process when I threw myself into the project of creating a related way of expression,” explains Ann Wiberg of her journey from Haute Couture to painting. “My creative process can best be described with one word “spontaneous”.


















From Haute couture to painting

Ann Wiberg’s artistic style springs from the baroque and the experience she brings with her from the Haute Couture world.

“My dresses are often described as future vintages, and I think you can say the same about my paintings,” says Ann Wiberg about the relationship between the two different ways of creating art. “I am a kind of storyteller who opens up and invites the viewer into my secret universe.”

The world of haute couture is one of perfection and perseverance, and endless hours, days and months can go into completing a dress. Virtues that Ann Wiberg can bring along in her artistic process.

“As a human being, I wasn’t born with patience, but over the years I’ve learned to master time as a long meditation, and I’ve needed that a lot when creating a painting.”


















An artist with a strong love for the freedom of art

Apart from the baroque Ann Wiberg isn’t attached to specific traditions within the art of painting. She can twist from still-life to the abstract in a split second.

“I usually work on several paintings at the same time,” says Ann Wiberg, “some of them during the day and others at night. I can even paint in the dark, as it gives a completely different expression.”

Ann Wiberg seeks inspiration in everything. It can be the atmosphere in a piece of music, a special scent, a strange dream, the organic forms of nature, or the great blue canvas that opens whenever she looks toward the skies.

“I tell through art who I am deep down as a human being. I share a feeling with the audience without a wall between us.”

According to Ann Wiberg art is unique and filled with significance for us humans. “Art is uplifting, it is healing us, humans. Art doesn’t need words or explanations. It is a world language that no one speaks, but everyone feels.” This is what pulls Ann Wiberg to art. “Art is the most extreme form of freedom. In short, art is creating more open people.”

If you want to know Ann Wiberg better you can find her artist profile below.

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