Anne Stagg

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.

12" x 12" 12" x 12"   8" x 8"8" x 8"   Bee in her Bonnet | 24" x 24"Bee in her Bonnet | 24" x 24"   12" x 12"12" x 12"   Loop-de-loop | acrylic on feltLoop-de-loop | acrylic on felt 14" x 48" Loop-de-loop, detailLoop-de-loop, detail   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"   High Cotton | 14"x18"x20"High Cotton | 14"x18"x20" paint, felt, hoolahoops, astroturf Linked | acrylic on feltLinked | acrylic on felt   Linked, detail | acrylic on feltLinked, detail | acrylic on felt   Mixed Fruit | 24" x 24"Mixed Fruit | 24" x 24"   Spin, vinyl paint on feltSpin, vinyl paint on felt 13" x 2" x 13" Red Sky at Night | 12" x 12"Red Sky at Night | 12" x 12"   Red Sky at Night, det.Red Sky at Night, det.   Mountain or Molehill | 49"x 18"x 3"Mountain or Molehill | 49"x 18"x 3"   High Waters | 24" x 24"High Waters | 24" x 24"   Tightly Wound but Not Enough  Tightly Wound but Not Enough vinyl paint on felt | 15"x14" Tightly Wound but Not Enough-detailTightly Wound but Not Enough-detail   Over & Over | vinyl paint on feltOver & Over | vinyl paint on felt 28" x 2" x 7" Over & Over, detailOver & Over, detail   Iced Cantaloupe | 24" x 24"Iced Cantaloupe | 24" x 24"   Iced Cantaloupe, det.Iced Cantaloupe, det.   In the Weeds | 12" x 12"In the Weeds | 12" x 12"   Summertime Laughter | 36" x 36"Summertime Laughter | 36" x 36"   Unwound | vinyl paint on feltUnwound | vinyl paint on felt 22" x 7" x 2" Exhibition at Unrequited Leisure,Exhibition at Unrequited Leisure, Nashville, Tennessee Exhibition at Unrequited LeisureExhibition at Unrequited Leisure Nashville, Tennessee 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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