SMARTSPACE Gallery welcomes NEW Artist, Anne Abendroth!
In the 1970's, Anne Abendroth took her first floor loom class, and she never looked back. The complexity of planning, threading, and weaving on the machine was too tempting, and is still intriguing and exciting to her, to explore an ancient craft with new materials, contemporary looms, and computers.
About 10 years ago, Anne seriously considered giving up weaving and fibers. Abstract art called to her. Those huge canvases and that free application of paint sounded like such a challenge and fun. But with a room full of looms and weaving equipment, she hated to throw out 25 years of weaving knowledge. Thus was born the idea of sewing the costumes onto canvas and painting the backgrounds.
Costumes, Clothing, Coverings....all worn to hide, protect, warm, or as ceremonial regalia to decorate our bodies. These 'coverings' have kept us safe from the world, yet also have brought beauty and comfort to our lives from the very beginning of mankind. The strength, courage, bravery, and aesthetics of ancient peoples are my artistic inspirations. Then the process she uses evolved yet again, into the pure abstract canvases.
Other new projects consist of abstract acrylic paintings, primarily 24x24 in size. Painting is such an immediate satisfaction compared to the intensely time-consuming effort that goes into woven creations. Weaving is creative, but very technical with a great deal of preplanning the design, while abstract painting is more emotional and free flowing. Using both the left and right side of my brain, moving between the thinking side, as well as the emotional part of my brain feels right to me.