Ann Knickerbocker
My work for the last year or two focused on a series of mixed media paintings, on wood or paper, such as "After Manet," pictured here. The "mixed media" might include acrylic paint, stenciled letters, marker, pencil, collage, roller, painter's tape, cloth or staples. The series was inspired by the graffiti that we have seen in London, Paris or San Francisco. In wealthier areas, graffiti is quickly and professionally painted over and becomes invisible. In middle class and poorer areas, the owners themselves attempt to paint over both scribbles and works of graphic art, sometimes with several colors of paint: whatever is handy. This over-painting is called "buffing." Graffiti often emerges through the layers anyway, and might then be painted over again, which often creates a geometric, roller-lined abstract art in itself. (Since I also incorporate text quite often, I was interested to see that there is a garffiti artist in England who writes stories for his "buffer" -- so cool). The layering created a kind of strange narrative inspiration for me, but all the images and graphics are my own.

The work is shifting, now, as my surroundings change from a city to this seasonally- and geographically-varied agricultural part of New England. I am seeing more space and light in these new smaller works (smaller -- 5" x 7" or 14" x 17" --because created in an extension of our kitchen). I am calling the new work "The Kitchen Sink Notebooks."