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My fascination lies in the process of exploration and discovery. As a visual journal, my studio work strongly resembles the unfolding complexities of the Fibonacci summation sequence of numbers. Each sequential figure is the sum of those preceding. My ambition is to continually build upon and branch from previous work: each new piece evolving from those before, and in turn providing material for work to come.
While the summation sequence is a linear and predictable system, non-linear meanderings and anacoluthic transitions naturally inform the progression of my work. Through constant introduction of new elements, I aim to create an ongoing, evolving system of work that evokes wonder and the sense that there is something hidden waiting to be found – both in my work and in the world around us. The inspirations are nothing less than encyclopedic. Myth, archetype, contemporary culture, social and political concerns, science, medicine, religion, philosophy, literature, personal and collective history have all contributed to my practice.
I am drawn toward latent structures, indiscernible figures, forms that wax and wane in perception, and thoughts or images that coalesce and dissipate. With a predilection to create chaos out of order and vice versa, my work is a personal attempt to disintegrate hierarchical structures.
Artist Bio / CV
Anne Beck works in painting, drawing, printmaking, and book arts. Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited internationally, most recently at Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany, BECA Gallery in New Orleans, LA, the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. She is co-publisher of Acid to Zinc, a serial artists’ book disseminated through the USPS, and is a core member of The Printmakers Left – an international collaborative working in print and book arts. TPL’s most recent project, Exquisite History Volume 1: The Land of Wandering, was published in 2005 through the University of Virginia Press. They are currently at work on Volume 2: The New World.
Ms. Beck has received fellowship awards from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts, Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain, and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany, and recently was Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University.
Ms. Beck holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute and a BA in Printmaking and Art History from the University of Virginia. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.