Anne Spence | Artist
My work revolves around a few central themes: a sense of play; a sense of sacredness; and the interchange of male and female energy. These ideas offer rich veins 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 we when we play? And who are we when we don’t?
Discarded or outmoded objects provide multiple entry points for me to delve into these ideas. As the raw materials for much of my work, they’re easy to come by – whether at flea markets or salvaged directly from roadside trash – and so are not too precious to experiment with. Playing around with the objects at hand fosters that sense of freedom and discovery which is so necessary for true creative growth.
Creating artwork from disparate pieces of our shared history is enormously rewarding to me, and inspires a sense of connection to other people and the world. With art as a starting point, I’m hoping to engage in honest and nuanced conversations with others, listening and learning along the way.
Anne Spence is a multi-disciplinary 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 across disciplines including painting, sculpture, writing, and performance, her work has been shown nationally in numerous venues since the 1990s, including Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, New York, the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Arizona, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Marin County, California among others.
In 2009 she was selected for membership to the National Association of Women Artists, and selected for signature membership to the National Collage Society in 2012. She is also the recipient of several awards, most recently the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Award for artwork in the 35th Annual National Collage Society Exhibition in 2019.
2020 brings new projects, a return to painting after many years, and more opportunities, including artwork in the national juried exhibit SHE: an Expression of Womanhood, on view from February 14 - September 27 at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, in Solomons, Maryland.
Anne Spence lives and works in Milford, New Jersey.