For her first exhibition with the New Gallery of Modern Art, Anne Austin Pearce brings together a new grouping of collages that strive to illustrate those moments for which there is no distinct emotional adjective to employ. That is, ambiguous moments that occur exclusively in one's head, or often between two people at an intersection in their communication with one another. She represents these abstract moments by applying various media to panel or paper in an abstract collage of sensations and textures.
She describes her latest work as:
...informed by stories of Africa told to me by my father before going to sleep. These stories remain larger than life to this day. Each night, floating on a story/myth recollected and transposed on top of my own psyche, formed an imaginary world in which I inhabited. These stories are a foundation and were built upon by the likes of David Attenborough, Margaret Attwood, and Wallace Stevens. Eventually and much later my own travels to Malaysia, Mexico, Mauritius, France, and Italy began to further shape my delight in the shared geographical and natural space on earth with other cultures and creatures. Reality encompasses the sublime but the sublime remains hidden to the uninitiated. The gate is open. I will walk through and cast off my separateness. I will transmute ignorance into lucidity.
The lush and exuberant mix of textures and colors in each work might conjure up thoughts of the cosmos or life in the depths of the sea and anything found in between. This is the beauty and treasure of pure abstraction, every interpretation is subjective, authentic, and verified.
Opening reception with the artist:
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6-8pm.
Anne was born in Lawrence, Kansas and studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Brighton Polytechnic, and the University of Kansas. In 1993, she received a full scholarship to James Madison University and received an MFA in drawing and painting. Her work has been recently acquired by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Spencer Museum of Art. A sampling of her exhibitions include the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art (Missouri); Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas); Springfield Art Museum (Missouri); Miami-Dade County Museum of Art and Design (Florida); Corcoran School of Art and Design (Washington D.C.); and the Drawing Center (New York). Anne is currently a tenured professor of art at Rockhurst University and Director of Greenlease Gallery.