The main subjects of my paintings, sculptures and digital media works are my experiences as a visually impaired artist and mother of three. I examine the perception of women in Western society and discuss my difficulties detecting light and color.
Due to a rare genetic syndrome I am extremely sensitive to light, I am short sighted, and completely color blind. These limitations have given me a unique point of view and a different way of processing the world around me, which I try to convey in my works. For example, I usually paint in black and white or monochrome because that is how I see the world. My extreme sensitivity to light causes me a kind of day blindness which makes it very hard to see on bright days.
In my paintings I use oil or acrylic paints and recently I have also started to produce digital art. In addition, I have begun to explore the use of readymade objects in my sculptures.
Earlier in my creative process I used to paint monochromatic realistic portraits, but I’ve started slowly gravitating towards a more abstract style.
I am currently researching three topics: dazzling light, menstrual blood and motherhood.
Recently, I started creating rotoscope films based on the memories of parents of children who suffer from the same syndrome as me.
I examine menstrual blood as a creative substance. I use it in prints, sculptures, acrylic paintings and in combination with other unconventional materials such as salt and sand.
I am interested in using such a natural and intimate substance such as menstrual blood and exploring how its texture changes when interacting with different materials.
I am also working on a series of paintings and sculptures dealing with the conflict between the society’s perception of the “perfect” motherhood experience and my own personal experience.
Lotem Winery, Lotem, Israel
Studio G6, Cape Town, SA
Artists Gallery, Karmiel, Israel
Brushes with Cancer Project
Beit Andromeda, Tel Aviv, Israel
Portraits, curator Ayelet Amorai
Artist Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Space Between, curator Mari Macdonald
The South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town, SA
First Thursday Program, curator Paul Birchall
Alliance Francaise Du Cap, Cape Town, SA
She Sees From Afar, She Sees All
"La-Isha" magazine | written by Dafna Arad | January 7, 2019
When Anne Schlachter Dagan walks along the beach and looks at the horizon she sees two blocks in different shades – the sky and sea. She hears seagulls’ tweet but can't see them. The surf tickles her toes but she can’t recognize the blue water, or the yellow comfortable chair.
50 Shades of Afro
Maarive daily newspaper | written by Dana Eshel | March 28, 2018
Anne Schlachter paints with oil on canvas. She paints portraits of African women with stains of color. Mostly blue. Why African women? And why does the hot desert gets cold tones? Anne has a story and it’s fascinating. The artist who waves the brush and creates a rainbow of gray tones is actually color blind.
So what is color blindness? What does it mean?
I am visually impaired. I have a rare genetic syndrome called Achromatopsia that causes me to be very sensitive to light, my vision is poor and I am fully color blind.