Anna Sweet’s work marries a craftsman’s approach to material with an Art Nouveau influence. Known for her luminous underwater nudes, Sweet portrays the ethereal through harmonious modes of painting and photography. By employing radiant minerals and pigments, the artist reimagines familiar elements of nature and the female form, rendering them brilliantly new to the viewer’s eye. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, above her mother’s art gallery, Sweet and her nine siblings were immersed in the art world from a young age. Perennially inspired by the light of the sun and the movement of the body, Sweet’s hand evokes the dynamic sensuality of beauty in motion, capturing transient moments of swim or dance.
Revealing the sensuality and elegance of women throughout the most exotic waters of the world, Sweet engages minerals like mica, diamond dust, and glass on the image, resulting in a mixed-medium approach that offers an otherworldly experience to the viewer. Sweet’s work mimics elements of her shooting environments and creates effects reminiscent of the glistening moment when the sun kisses the sea. The photographic images and encased materials coalesce into a stunning, seemingly three-dimensional representations of the female form.