Mary Ann Anderson's painting studio is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina email address: MaryAnnAndersonArt (at gmail.com)
See current work on paper in the Pierogi Gallery Flat Files in New York visit Pierogi Gallery at 155 Suffolk St., on Manhattan's lower east side.
2020 Memento Mori
In early January, before the virus was in in the news, I began this series of monotypes. Sometimes art seems to predict the future. Each piece is 10" x 8" with acrylic paint and colored pencil on black paper.
These monotypes evolved from the Memento Mori series. They are 10" x 8"and incorporate multiple layers of printing, with paint and colored pencil additions.
The ART of the Deal -- Drawings from 2019
These pen and ink drawings form a deck of 52 dysfunctional playing cards where every card is a trump card and the joker is wild. They are 17" high and 14" wide -- too big to shuffle, deal or play -- so they capture the dysfunction of 2019 quite accurately. All of the drawings are on white paper (the colored backgrounds are fake news).
Monoprints & Monotypes
These small monotypes reflect the zeitgeist of political struggle in 2018. They extend the series of work I entitled "Tethered" which explores the ways in which all beings are connected to one another, for good or ill. They are each unique prints, made by inking a plexiglass plate and printing it on Arnhem rag paper. Colored pencil and watercolor are added by hand when the ink is dry.
"Pinkie" monotype 8x6"
"Pulling in Two Directions" hand-colored monotype 8x6"
"Big Birdie" monotype 8x6"
These small woodblock prints explore organic forms, providing an escape from the Trump era's angst. They are made by carving and inking a woodblock, and then printing it on Arnhem rag paper. Watercolor and acrylic paint are added after the ink dries.
"Altered," hand-colored monoprint 8x6"
"Altered State#2" Woodblock 8x6" 2018
"Golden," hand-colored monoprint 8 x 5 1/2"
This series of hand-colored woodblock prints is entitled "Evil-Doers". They are made by carving and inking a woodblock and then printing it on Arnhem rag paper. Watercolor is added after the ink dries.
"Destroyer" hand-colored monoprint 24 x 18" 2018
"Betrayer" hand-colored monoprint 24 x 18" 2018
"Bystander with Mean Reds" hand-colored monoprint 24 x 18" 2018
Work on Yupo Synthetic Paper
In May of 2017 I began a body of work entitled "Tethered to the Zeitgeist." The organic forms are tied to one another, anchored to the picture plane, and caught in the zeitgeist of 2017. The titles reflect the mood of our times. Zeitgeist: the general intellectual, moral and cultural climate of an era (Merriam-Webster).
"Dis-graceful Creature" acrylic and graphite on synthetic paper, 24" x 24" 2017
TETHERED & UNTETHERED: black and white pieces from 2017 on synthetic paper. - The "tethered" paintings have graphite lines connecting organic forms to one another and to the infinite space that's beyond our view, outside the painting, - The "untethered" pieces are cut out from the paper, so they are freed from the picture plane.
"Tethered" an installation piece 48" x 36" with cut-out forms, 2016
"Talking Head" 9 x 7" acrylic and graphite on synthetic paper, 2016
Looking, 7x5," acrylic and graphite on synthetic paper, 2014 (at Greenville Museum of Art Jan-Mar, 2016)
Seahorse or See Horse, 38 x 25," acrylic and graphite on synthetic paper, 2015
Running in Place, 33 x 20," acrylic and graphite on synthetic paper, 2014.
Large Scale Work
The following large-scale pieces on Yupo synthetic paper are currently at VAE's Dock 1053 exhibit in Raleigh; and were shown in the Three Person Biennial at Artspace in Raleigh, December 2013 - January 2014 curated by Jennifer Dasal of the North Carolina Museum of Art
Conversation, 4'x5,' acrylic and varnished graphite on synthetic paper, 2013
Worlds Apart, 5' x 5,' acrylic and varnished graphite on synthetic paper, 2013