The New Muse
Lans King chose the prodigious, French artist Anaïs de Contades as his muse because she incarnates what he calls The New Muse. Working with a muse who is also an artist allows for an enriching collaboration. Unlike the muses in Renaissance art and even in Modern art, Lans does not want his muse to be a passive "object". He wants his muse to be more than a model; he wants her to be a creative, active and inspiring figure. He wants her to represent the 21st century woman.
Furthermore, working with a muse is a way to create the true human connection that is at the centre of his work. This is often lacking when an artist appropriates his images from the internet or some other media.
Anaïs has become the primary subject of his art; most of his work is based on some aspect of her. Even when the figure is more abstract, she is still very present. According to Lans, Anaïs is at once of her time and timeless. She is part of her generation but also she reminds him of someone from our history. He believe that she will be an icon for her generation, so he often represents her as an icon…
In Greek and Roman mythology, there were nine muses. So, whilst Anais is his primary muse, Lans is also inspired by other women who represent some aspect of #RomanticRebellion. He is particularly interested in creative women, as well as those who promote or inspire creativitiy. They will also be featured in his work.