In partnership with Gallery Aferro, Newark the CVA gallery presents an exhibition of the work of artist Anne Q. McKeown.
As a visual artist, a maker of things, it is teaching, collaborations with artists of all mediums, and work with groups of people internationally, that have given McKeown insight into the splendid ability of the artist’s mind. McKeown is empowered by these experiences. They are all part of her practice in a lifelong search to find and exercise her voice.
At the base of this search is an intensely remembered understanding of image making at age four. Her identity as an image creator grew as she did. Work in water color paintings, drawing, oil paint, and printmaking were all investigated mediums. In 1995 handmade paper entered McKeown’s vocabulary. In the decades since the first sheet was pulled, she has relied on the plasticity of cellulose in her collaborations. In her individual work she uses handmade paper as both substrate and for three-dimensional interpretation.
Of her process McKeown says “My work gives voice to the world around me, punctuated with reference to images that have affected my love of art. My work is always based on a story even if I am not able to fully describe the story in the moment of making. Contemporary social issues, filtered through my life experience, are a jumping off point for my choice of imagery. The work does not rely on easily accessible imagery, so it has been thrilling to have others respond to the core messages of my work; it exists without a unilateral message or simplified statement.”
Gallery hours during exhibition:
Monday-Wednesday: 10:00 – 12:00
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 – 3:00
Please direct all questions to:
Amy Faris, Gallery Coordinator