My name is Anaïs Gruson and my artist pseudonym is ANAGRUZ.
I am a self-taught artist.
Animals are my main painting subject. They remind me of patience, and truth because they can’t lie. The animals seem close to human being, but they remain at all times inaccessible, as we can’t listen to them through a communication system other than the human one. Facing the collapse of biodiversity, the artist plays an important role in awareness raising and natural diversity defense.
In my paintings, animals are the symbol of the barely known or unknown individual. In front of this individual, one can choose to only take the appearances into account, as they are easy to spot and categorize, and base its interactions on these appearances. Or, one can choose a more subtle and personal angle, breaking the appearances shell to discover the individual in the most authentic angle, the one that gets rid of these appearances.
With or maybe because of information overload, nuance is contradictorily progressively neglected. Individuals are more and more quickly labelled, and these labels are more and more shortsighted and restrictive, especially for animals that suffer and struggle in this severe antagonism human/beast. It is a strong role of the animal artist: highlight the subtle differences, bring back time and patience of observation, bring back nuances, and sometimes criticize the world around him or her.