Anne Spence | Artist
Anne Spence is an award-winning New Jersey artist with childhood roots in Chicago and Wisconsin.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University in Ohio, class of 1988, and subsequently studied filmmaking at Columbia College, Chicago from 1991 to 1993.
An artist working in Gestalt Sculpture - which she describes as making things from things - she was selected for membership to the National Association of Women Artists in 2009, and selected for signature membership to the National Collage Society in 2012.
Her work has been exhibited nationally in numerous venues since the 1990s, including the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in New York, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marin County, California among others.
Anne Spence lives and works in Milford, New Jersey.
My work revolves around a few central ideas: A sense of play; a sense of sacredness; and the interchange of male and female energy. These ideas offer a rich vein of exploration for me, and raise perennially interesting questions: How does yin and yang energy affect our experience? What do we hold sacred in our lives? What happens when we play? And who are we when we don't?
Using discarded or outmoded objects as the raw material for my work offers a way into these ideas for me. I get to play around with the objects at hand, and this process provides the fertile soil needed for new works and new lines of inquiry to emerge. Over the years, an artistic vocabulary has taken shape from this palette of cast-offs - one that continues to evolve as I grow.
Gestalt Theory provides the foundation for my working process. I love beautiful old quirky things, and delight in creating sculptures and installations by combining various flea market finds and all manner of salvaged items. By joining various materials together to create a new object - one that ideally 'reads' as a cohesive whole, rather than a group of separate items - I'm attempting to tap into the synergy created by the Gestalt effect, that of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
Creating artwork from these disparate pieces of our shared history brings me joy and a sense of connection. With art as a starting point, I'm hoping to engage in honest and nuanced conversations with others - finding common ground and learning along the way.