Anne Stagg

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 use discarded industrial felt waste as a substrate for 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 like that the tactility of the material evokes one response while the mechanical residue of production evokes another.

My work straddles the line of mass production and the hand-made: repetition in contrast with individual quirkiness. Play and experimentation are guiding forces in my work and I employ technology like vinyl plotters, laser cutters, and 3D printers alongside of traditional hand skills like painting, sewing, and wood/metal fabrication. 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.

Over and Over | acrylic on feltOver and Over | acrylic on felt 14" x 48" Over and Over, det.Over and Over, det.   Unwound | vinyl paint on feltUnwound | vinyl paint on felt   Linked | acrylic on feltLinked | acrylic on felt   Tightly Wound but Not Enough | Tightly Wound but Not Enough | vinyl paint on felt Tightly Wound but Not Enough, det.Tightly Wound but Not Enough, det.   Midnight Run | 36" x 36" | acrylic Midnight Run | 36" x 36" | acrylic   Lost in the Forest | 36" x 36"Lost in the Forest | 36" x 36"   Red Sky at Night | 12" x 12"Red Sky at Night | 12" x 12"   Red Sky at Night, det.Red Sky at Night, det.   Feeling the Blues | 24" x 24"Feeling the Blues | 24" x 24"   Iced Cantaloupe | 24" x 24"Iced Cantaloupe | 24" x 24"   Iced Cantaloupe, det.Iced Cantaloupe, det.   Summertime Laughter | 36" x 36"Summertime Laughter | 36" x 36"   Strolling Through English GardensStrolling Through English Gardens   Cautionary Tale | 12" x 12"Cautionary Tale | 12" x 12"   Cerulean Lake | 12" x 12"Cerulean Lake | 12" x 12"   Lilac Dust | 12" x 12"Lilac Dust | 12" x 12"   My Favorite Emoji | 6" x 6"My Favorite Emoji | 6" x 6"  
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