Anna Zemankova

Anna Zemankova (1908-1986, Czech)

"I grow flower which grow nowhere else," used to say Anna Zemankova. Under the Cold War in Prague, housewife Anna Zemankova started drawing from over the age of fifty. It was her son, a sculptor, who suggested his mother suffering from melancholia to take up drawing. Every morning from 4am to 7am - while the rest of the family was still fast asleep - she drew guided by her favorite classical music. Her botanical drawings drawn in pastel are adorned with handicraft-like decoration such as metal fragments producing a bumpy effect, glued fabric and embroidery.


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