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aNna L rybaT

santa rosa, California(CA)

i want to blend my painting with environmental aRt. i use my colorfield paintings (Abstract Expressionism) by transferring the design to sheer fabric. Then, i 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. After catastrophic fires in 2017 (and again 2019), the idea of losing all my art and possessions reinforced my commitment to temporary art. i hope viewers will consider the before and after and see how aRt can enhance the beauty of our environment, especially where one would least expect it, as in a catastrophe. i also use my fabric designs to create "sculptured painting."

b. 1953 in Youngstown, OH. Lives in Sonoma County, CA. Works in a shared aRts compound with approximately 50 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 literature. Also studied under Charles Kello and Norman Goodwin (Norfolk, VA).
Using abstract expressionist oil painting as a starting point, aNna was drawn in as a way of escaping her father's livelihood in steel mills and - although she never felt poor, near poverty. aNna transfers her most vivid compositions to fabric and creates temporary installations in nature or urban settings. Although "naturally" beautiful, nature can be enhanced with beautiful aRt. 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.

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