state: multi-dimensional, precarious, shifting; state of mind, state of being, state of the nation, state of the world; a public body, nation state, civic state; a declaration; statement.
by Anne Beck
Pub Date: December 1, 2008
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state began with whimsical pictures & apocalyptic visions of a high-tech synthetic mechanized culture. It became loose social history & critique. The original manuscript is a handmade artist’s book made of casein, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, ink, graphite, collaged bits of etching & drypoint on watercolor paper, and bound in found printed suede. Anne Beck sees her work as a visual journal inspired by latent structures, indiscernible figures, forms that wax and wane, and images and thoughts that coalesce and dissipate. Underlying her work is a belief that the personal and universal are not quite mutually exclusive, a reality that is vital to our ability to communicate and connect. She’s apt to borrow archetypes from contemporary culture (from science, philosophy, literature, nature, et al) in an effort to document whatever new tributaries arise from the adjoining of personal and collective histories. Though a constant introduction of new elements working together in layers and flux, Anne Beck creates works that reassert the potential of evolving systems while still placing a premium on the delights of personal excavation.