Anne Stagg

Between One Thing & Another:

Play and experimentation are guiding forces in my work. I am drawn to in-between moments when something appears to be mechanically produced but evidence of the hand calls that into question through some relationship between repetition and an individual quirkiness that begins to take over. I intuitively explore color and pattern while intentionally eluding specific meaning. Stripped of context, color becomes a touchstone for memory and a catalyst for the imagination. On occasion, I enlist the aid of higher technological devices like vinyl plotters, laser cutters, and 3D printers but more often, my work is the result of time and hand labor.

I work with discarded industrial felt waste as a substrate for some of my recent paintings. I am drawn to the material aesthetically with its fuzzy texture and punched holes, but also because of its accrued history – much of it literally scarred by industrial production. I am interested in moments where something that once had value, or meaning, is lost and found again: discovered anew in a different context. I like that the tactility of the material evokes one response while the mechanical residue of production evokes another.

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