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Ann Stewart
updated: 03/28/2013
website: www.annstewart.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Self-fulfilling Prophecy
Proper Breakdown
xyz
Durable Mutation
Durable Mutation (detail)
Sideways Glance
Assumptions and Propositions
Manufactured Epiphany
Perpetual Assembly II
Entropy's Handyman
Perpetual Assembly II (detail)
Infinite Regress
Pragmatic Chaos
Floating Possibility
Productive Misunderstanding (detail)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  mapping, abstract, biomorphic, diagrammatic, geometric, information, systems, architecture, pattern
 
 
Self-fulfilling Prophecy by Ann Stewart
Self-fulfilling Prophecy
Graphite on Paper
2013
33.5" x  32" 
Proper Breakdown by Ann Stewart
Proper Breakdown
Graphite on Paper
2012
35.25" x  33.25" 
xyz by Ann Stewart
xyz
Graphite on Paper
2012
24" x  26" 
Durable Mutation  by Ann Stewart
Durable Mutation
Graphite on Paper
2011
49" x  44" 
Durable Mutation (detail) by Ann Stewart
Durable Mutation (detail)
Graphite on Paper
2011
49" x  44" 
Sideways Glance by Ann Stewart
Sideways Glance
Graphite on Paper
2012
28" x  59" 
Assumptions and Propositions by Ann Stewart
Assumptions and Propositions
Graphite on Paper
2012
37" x  40" 
Manufactured Epiphany by Ann Stewart
Manufactured Epiphany
Graphite on Paper
2012
32.5" x  28" 
Perpetual Assembly II by Ann Stewart
Perpetual Assembly II
Graphite on Paper
2011
44" x  51" 
Entropy's Handyman by Ann Stewart
Entropy's Handyman
Graphite on Paper
2011
12" x  16" 
Perpetual Assembly II (detail) by Ann Stewart
Perpetual Assembly II (detail)
Graphite on Paper
2010
44" x  51" 
Infinite Regress by Ann Stewart
Infinite Regress
Graphite on Paper
2012
18.5" x  18.5" 
Pragmatic Chaos by Ann Stewart
Pragmatic Chaos
Graphite on Paper
2012
26" x  26" 
Floating Possibility by Ann Stewart
Floating Possibility
Graphite on Paper
2011
22" x  20" 
Productive Misunderstanding (detail) by Ann Stewart
Productive Misunderstanding (detail)
Graphite on Paper
2011
44" x  44" 

Artist Statement

I have always had a fascination with trying to figure out how people make sense of things and attend to visual phenomena. How does what I see become what I know and what is the best way to visualize this translation? As a visual artist, I make work that documents this process.

In my research, I draw inspiration from the disciplines of art, cognitive science, philosophy, and architecture. Using the tools of mapping, patterning, and naming, I produce forms that allude to living systems, natural phenomena, and architectural structures. I also receive inspiration from bottom up construction in which small interactions create larger entities. In my most recent body of work, I use drawing to give a physical presence to the invisible process of perception.  Through multiple small acts of adding and subtracting marks, I create an armature of lines that shape transparent spaces. By using a process of pattern recognition and pattern generation, both finding and fabricating forms, I negotiate the boundary between randomness and structure.

The imagery in my work is architectonic. The elements in the drawings swarm, merge, cantilever, float, implode, and explode. There is also a significant amount of negative space around the image clusters. With a small object on a large surface, the mind tries to predict what will happen next creating the possibility of implied movement and growth.

Artist Bio / CV

Ann Stewart is a visual artist who uses drawing, painting, and installation to investigate the visualization of perception. Stewart received her MFA from the University of Michigan and her BFA in Painting from Auburn University. She has shown her work at Fay Gold Gallery, Spruill Gallery, Mason Murer Fine Art, Knoxville Museum of Art, Swan Coach House Gallery, whitespace, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

She is currently represented by whitespace.