Anne lives in Sindal and she has a summer house in Tversted. Together with her husband, Svend, she has three children and two grandchildren. Anne is a teacher and study advisor at Hjørrning Gymnasium (Highschool), and she spends a lot of her time off on art. She also loves to be in nature, enjoys swimming and kayaking.

Anne studied sculpturing with Poul Winther Petersen (Phuzzy) in Hjørring and with Thomas Andersson at Århus Kunsakademi (Art School)/ Skulpturskolen (The Sculpture School). She studied paining with Noëlla Roos, Mirela Traistaru, Kirsten Brøndum, but sculpturing has been her main focus in recent years.

“A sculpture must be both dynamic and static. You should be able to walk around it, turn it around and experience something new in the process, but at the same time the sculpture must be a part of a whole, no matter from which angle it is watched”
– Anne Fonnesbech


Anne primarily makes sculptures in clay and bronze. The objects are typically human bodies, because she is fascinated by the way which the human body fills out a room. Anne started making sculptures in clay in 1999 and she has made bronze sculptures since 2012.

Simplicity is important for her. It is the lines and the tightness in the figure, which gives it life and creates dynamics in the room around it. Detail is just a disturbing element, so for Anne it is the lines and the form which matters.

The lines in the figure signals many different human feelings. The body language, especially the back, shoulders and the angle of the head, gives the audience the possibility to have their own personal interpretation. The face is anonymous: no details, only shape.

Annes main tool is her fingers. Other than these, she only uses very few and simple tools for form her sculpture.

The clay sculptures are built up in clay. They are thoroughly dried and then burnt by 1020 deg. C.. After the burning, Anne will give it a post treatment with dark varnish stain to emphasize the simplicity.

Making a bronze sculpture is more complicated. First, she will form the sculpture in vax and in easily burnable materials. After this she will make a mold in a ceramic material covering the sculpture. When the mold is ready, she will burn the wax and the burnable material, so the ceramic mold becomes hollow. The ceramic mold will be preheated before the hot, liquid bronze will be poured in. It is an exciting moment, when the mold is broken and cast bronze sculpture appears for the first time. After this the sculpture needs to be cleaned, smoothed and be put on a granite pedestal.

The clay sculptures er especially inspired by the French sculpturers Maillol and Rodin, but also by photographs from Ruth Bernard and others. Anne gets a lot of inspiration from paintings and croquis drawings. The tall, thin bronze sculptures have their origin in the antique, Etruscan sculpture “L’ombra della Sera”, but often the lines of the sculpture will develop spontaneously when working with the wax.

Anne Fonnesbech
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