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Artist in Residence: Anne Stagg – Through Color, Pattern, Shapes, and Layers: An Exploration of Who We Are

May 9

Field trip for 5th graders from Ossining schools!

Working with younger audiences to introduce ideas about how abstraction can offer a different way to express who we are as individuals. Through color and pattern, shapes and layers, adding things or taking things away from our images, we can explore how we not only see ourselves now, but how we want to see ourselves in the future. To accomplish this, participants can begin with a paper and write down anything they want that describes who they are or who they want to be, then create a collage combining drawing, and collaged shapes and patterns from a selection of colorful, pre-laser-cut papers that I will provide. I am interested in engaging in conversation about how we actively, and intentionally choose who we want to be and we have to work to bring those elements together.

Name of Artist: Anne Stagg
Dates of Residency: May 2 – May 15

Residency Plan:
Building upon a current body of work, Anne plans to create new paintings and drawings for two exhibitions later this year. Working with drawn, painted, and collaged materials and using additive and subtractive layering techniques she will explore ideas of systemic oppression, invisibility, and discriminatory power structures through the perspective lens of a Southern female. Anne draws from her experiences growing up in the South and turns a critical eye towards that history to explore how built systems and false narratives reinforce systems of inequity and invisibility.

Anne Stagg is an artist and educator living and working in Tallahassee, Florida. Anne is known for her colorful paintings that explore aspects of her Southern upbringing using abstract and non-objective imagery. Her work expands from examinations of the intersections of systemic policy, social systems, representation, and absence. She looks critically at power structures as an examination of the way that Southern traditions can be a smokescreen for discriminatory practices and false narratives and draws upon current events. “Systems are manifest in every aspect of our lives, but they are never perfect. Often elaborate in construction, there is always something a little bit off and underneath the ‘unintended consequences’ of their design belies deep histories of oppression and systemic failure.” She is interested in the façade and moments that precede failure: when the promise it still present but the veil begins to lift and there is an awareness that something isn’t quite right. Color and pattern are touchstones in her work and she paints on canvas, paper, and felt constructions.

In addition to being an Assistant Professor at The Florida State University where she serves as Co-director of the Foundations Program in the Department of Art, Stagg co-hosts and co-produces a podcast about contemporary art called The Open Call. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she is the recipient of several grants and fellowships.

Artist’s Social Media:
Website: http://www.annestagg.com

With thanks and acknowledgment:
Programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.


May 9
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