santa rosa, CA
i want to do more with environmental aRt. i would like to use my colorfield paintings (born of Abstract Expressionism) by transferring the design to sheer fabric. Then, i want to wrap the fabrics (hot pink, orange, and other unnatural colors) to environmental installations of trees, grass, mountains, etc. and photograph it. i want to see my aRt in outdoor and unexpected locations. The installation will be removed after a short time and the environment returned to its natural state, without aRt. i hope viewers will consider the before and after and see how aRt can enhance the beauty of our environment, our homes and our lives, especially where one would least expect it.
b. 1953 in Youngstown, OH. Lives in Sonoma County, CA. Works in a shared aRts compound with approximately 45 other aRtists at The Studios, in restored WWII barracks buildings on the former Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Santa Rosa. Studied with Josef Schützenhöfer (Vienna Austria) with strong influences of German abstract expressionists, Jugendstil, Dada and 19th century classical music and verse. Also studied under Charles Kello and Norman Goodwin (Norfolk, VA).
Using abstract expressionist oil painting as a starting point, aNna was drawm to Abstract Expressionism as a way of living outside of the reality of steel mills and poverty. aNna transfers her most vivid compositions to fabric and creates temporary installations in nature or urban settings. Although "naturally" beautiful, nature can perhaps be enhanced with beautiful aRt, according to aNna's vision. Deteriorating urban settings can similarly be enhanced with aRt.
Inspired by the work of Jeanne Claude & Christo and Andy Goldsworthy, aNna's fabric installations are photographed and removed after a short time. This reinforces the notion that we should not become too attached to "things;" that beauty and even aRt are not lasting.
After serving in the U.S. Navy for 24 years (1976 - 2000) to support her family and earn higher education benefits (B.S. History, BFA and MA Ed.) aNna returned to aRt full time. The Navy experience informed her aRt in the sense that she learned commitment, service to other-than-self, discipline and a sense that aRt can be used to build up, strengthen and beautify even the most unlikely environment. She now is committed to simple elements: ColorFields in Nature.