Anne forest is inspired by Russian-orthodox icons, she was surrounded by during her childhood. ‘The icon’ is burned into her brain as a visual language. She made it her own by creating her world with it, inhabited by all creatures she paints. What attracts her to these icons is the self-control displayed in the faces of the portrayed, as if they're trying to protect themselves. These are the faces she wants to unmask, she wants to peel off the dignity and the status in order to reveal the secrets that lie beneath.