Anne Spence | Artist
Anne Spence is a multi-disciplinary New Jersey based 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 constructed sculpture, installation, and performance, 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. In 2019 she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by Ylinka Barotto, Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum New York for the artwork Tree Ring IV, in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) exhibit Wide Open 10.
Her work has been shown nationally in numerous venues since the 1990s, including BWAC in Brooklyn, New York, Barrett Art Center in Duchess County, New York, the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Arizona, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Marin County, California among others.
Anne Spence lives and works in Milford, New Jersey.
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 when we play? And who are we when we don't?
Using discarded or outmoded objects as the raw material for my sculptures and installations offers a way into these ideas for me. I get to play around with the objects at hand, and this process provides fertile soil 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 - the idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts - provides the foundation for my working process. I love beautiful old quirky things, and delight in creating artworks by combining all manner of scavenged treasures and flea market finds. By joining various materials together to create a new object that 'reads' as a cohesive whole, I'm hoping to tap into the alchemy and synergy of the Gestalt effect.
Creating artwork from these disparate pieces of our shared history brings me joy and 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; finding common ground and learning along the way.