Joined Nov 15 2011
44 years old
My name is Anna Rather, I am a graduate from The San Francisco Art Institute. I have worked in many medias. I have a B.F.A., M.A., and M.F.A. in printmaking and painting. My new work is the story of recreation. It is about discovery in life and in art. I have many styles, from totally abstract, to an emotional diary realized in imagery rather then the written word.
The obsession of mark making speaks to my inability to remember things in the short term, and lack of ability to concentrated when there are too many distractions and the difficulties of communication. This loss of concentration creates anxiety that I show in my work by colors and textures. The primal abstract reality related to this physical challenge creates work that embodies a state of otherworldliness – the journey of my life through art. The act of making art that is never precious is liberating and becomes a living organism of change.
My work directly relates to convening my psyche to others. I show this by combining mark making with my body and combining that with drawing from my imagination or with only obsessive mark making by stamping. For me the body holds the emotions one is feeling, weather it being in the whole body or just with the artists hands. In my experience, art and life are intertwined, and I show this by putting myself into my work abstractly by stamping with objects I find around my apartment or physically, using my body as a tool for mark making. Fingers, feet, my face and other body parts such as hair are used to make prints that are brush strokes across the surface of the paper to show emotions. I use my hair on my head as a tool to show the metaphor of my mind. Making marks with my hair is very hard to control. Mark making with other parts of my body can be somewhat distorted so much that the viewer may not know what they are looking at. I find this also speaks to the difficulties of how to explain my self to others. This method combined with the tearing down and building up of work blurs the boundaries of the personal and address the more universal aspects of life many of us who are struggling with challenges effects the way we think and work. Addressing these issues are elements I include in the process of thinking and making work.
I try to choose predictable colors that create this mood that relates to the difficulty of explaining my self. For example reds for me show anxiety, and a woman’s menstrual cycle, and I use blues to create calmness. The shapes I choose also relate to this, sharp lines and dark swirls tell the story of uncertainty. Another idea I was working with were my desires, which I try to make these come true by painting them onto the paper in an abstract way. I was also thinking of this concept of tearing down my work and building it back up again. I do this because the recreation holds the metaphor of bringing order to a chaotic way of thinking. The first prints of hand, face and feet are initial primal feelings and they become the base for more complicated pieces, which relate to more complicated thoughts. By ripping them up to make new pieces and placing them with my body work, I find this relates to how my mind goes from one thought to the next in rapid succession. I found that having prints of body part only eliminated the personal aspect that I was uncomfortable with in my previous work and turned the subject to a more universal one. These pieces have also been painted on or have been stamped on by homemade stamps until I feel they are finished thoughts. So my work has started out as mono prints, but has become a hybrid of painting, mark making and documenting. I am not sure that my work fits into academia art, but the idea of primitive art has let me explore more options in my creativity. I feel this process of making and documenting is important because it not only shows my steps, but it also reflects the journey of my life. It captures my few triumphs and my many failures. In addition I feel the act of making work that is never precious and can turn into anything is liberating for me, and my work has become a living organism of change. I'm also on Facebook. My photo bucket account has my children rooms I have painted.
This site has some of my diary portraits on it.
This site has my house hold items as stamps on paper.
This site has my Legos as stamps on paper.