“I am fascinated by the different atmospheres that light creates in our environment. I use variations in light, form, texture and colour to magnify the moods and sensations of the places I have experienced.”
Anja’s compositions aim to combine different moods of light, with contrasting space and surface qualities.Working with a variety of etching techniques, including wax resist on aquatint, ‘soft’ ground, ‘white’ ground and burnishing, she produces subtle tonal differences within her imagery. She rarely starts with line, but instead uses techniques that build on the areas that will remain light bringing out the highlights instead of building up the image with dark line and shading.
During the printing process,she applies ink to the plate in quite a painterly fashion (‘À la poupée’) that allows her to vary density and colour in such a way as to exaggerate the effect of the etched image.