Annina Roescheisen (b. 1982, Rosenheim, Germany) is an artist based in Munich and New York. While she primarily focuses on painting and drawing, Roescheisen practices in a wide range of additional media such as sculpture, installation, video, photography, and performance art.
Roescheisen explores the nature of perception and aesthetic processing, investigating the boundaries between polarities such as dream and reality, visible and invisible, audible and inaudible. Her work invites the viewer to immerse themselves in the frequencies of color and their transcendent impact on our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies.
Drawing inspiration from religious iconography, poetry, literature, bestiaries, spiritual philosophy, and nature mysticism, Roescheisen brings her northern European cultural heritage—German romanticism, transcendentalism, gothic architecture, Nordic shamanism, myths and fairy tales—into her art. Her work embodies humanity‘s enduring fascination with the occult and the supernatural.
Utilizing alchemical mixtures of pigments and minerals, Roescheisen intuitively shapes and structures elements on canvas, with the resulting ‘pictures’ signaling an intimate connection between the artist‘s body and the creative process. Herein lie the resonances of her practice with the transformative and transcendent aspirations of post-war artists. While John Cage or Pat Steir, for instance, drew spiritual inspiration from Buddhism, and Eva Hesse from her Jewish heritage, Roescheisen nourishes her practice with a multiplicity of wisdom traditions. Her recent series Vibrational Strings (2019-2021), Flying Dragons (2020-2022), as well as her ongoing work include metaphysical and mathematical codes that engage with the profound connections between the visible and the invisible, the tangible and the spiritual.
Through her art, Roescheisen explores universal existential questions and the intricate interplay between art and consciousness. Her works evoke introspection, inviting viewers to contemplate the mystery of existence and their own spirituality. Roescheisen summons us to perceive the world beyond the limitations of our senses—to hear beyond the audible frequencies that meet our ears, to see beyond the visible light that meets our eyes, and feel energies beyond the tactile capacities of the skin.
Roescheisen‘s work has been presented in solo exhibitions in galleries across Europe and the United States. She has participated in group exhibitions such as the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Salon Berlin at the Museum Frieder Burda (2019), the Delacroix Museum 2014 and Hermès Foundation 2013 in Paris, among others.