Anne Roecklein
Artist statement and bio:

My work focuses on desires. Collage and assemblage pieces address relationships between original/reproduction, parts/whole, real/imaginary, and the visual impact of accumulation. These explorations take 2D, 3D, and installation form—found materials and invented images are blended to evoke both the allure and frustration of desire-seeking.

Vintage postcards serve as the starting point for a current body of work. These pieces of paper ephemera embody idealized images and/or serve as substitutes for idealized experiences. Hybridized images and objects populate the ambiguous spaces of this work, in which relationships between desire and dissatisfaction, attraction and repulsion, wistfulness and floundering are explored. Utopian daydreaming and the impossibility of perfection are explored through the conflation and layering of these images—resulting in quixotic hybrid narratives.

My ongoing “lures” series address an interest in the strategies we employ when wrestling with our desires—how we go after what we want, the systems that we use, and what we do when a desire is attained or lost. Visually seductive compositions, these collaged and assembled “lures” are created from discarded science and nature books, faux flower and aquarium plant parts, and many materials used in the construction of fishing lures. The resulting shapes are organic inventions in both appearance and process. There is a deliberate suggestion of nostalgia through the use of second-hand materials as well as materials that attempt, but do not quite succeed, in replicating nature.

I hold a BA from Carleton College, MPS from Pratt Institute, and MFA from Indiana University. Work has been exhibited at Landmark College, Putney, VT; the Begehungen Art Festival in Chemnitz, Germany; Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY; the Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky; christopher west presents, Indianapolis, IN; PrintRoom, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Gallery NoMINIMO, Guayaquil, Ecuador; and other national and international venues. I live and work in North Adams, Massachusetts, along with my partner, sculptor Derek Parker, our baby boy Flint, and our dog Lily.