I see the making of art as part of my spiritual journey. Creating is as much being in the moment as it is complete surrender. And that surrendering includes experiments, risks and many surprises. I arrived at this awareness after a long and somewhat predictable artist journey. Once I thought it was enough to capture what a thing looked like. And that is how I was trained in school. But the real education and the real truths happen in the studio. It is through the work that I realized we capture nothing. Instead we set something free within ourselves. Negative space is where I go with my work, bringing it forward to be seen, to show it’s energy and to see beyond what is usually obvious. My choice of Trees as a subject started with the idea of making line and space come alive on a flat surface, letting colors resonate against each other, perhaps allowing a little Fauvism into the mix. The use of Trees has symbolic spiritual resonance for me. However, through the course of this series, the subject itself became less important, a mere vehicle for further thought and looking. And the more I explore trees and nature, the more abstract the work becomes, the process paralleling my personal spiritual journey, to find some kind of hidden message or guidance. The more one knows, the more one has to learn.
Biography: Ann Haaland is a painter and printmaker whose work has been nationally exhibited and collected worldwide. Born in 1958 and a graduate of the Fine Arts program at the State University of New York at Oneonta, Ms. Haaland's work spans three decades, and includes such mediums as watercolor and encaustic painting, silkscreen printing, etching, linocut, collage, graphic design, and photography. She considers herself primarily a colorist, influenced by the Modernist movement and Art Nouveau design. A previous artist in residence at the renowned Vermont Studio Center, and the recipient of the 2002 Lucille Blanche Award from the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Ms. Haaland travels extensively, attending workshops stateside and in Europe. Currently exploring mixed media and oversized projects both independently and with a core group of other women artists, Ms. Haaland resides and maintains a studio in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.
Country: United States
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