by Annie Jewett
My acrylic painting series She/Iteration is a convergence of decorative elements of pattern and repetition together with mostly gray-scale images of women. By creating an ornamental design as a background for my paintings of mirrored or doubled female figures, I examine both the depth and flow of women's actions and emotions as well as aspects of the term 'feminine'.
I have always had a deep rooted connected to communities of women that I've known throughout my life. Ever since I was quite young, I've found myself surrounded by the company of other women: at home, with friends and family, at work and at school. I've always been intrigued by the multi-dimensionality of women's personalities. In both the lightest and silliest of moments, as well as deeply spiritual moments, or times of sadness and pain, I've witnessed both first and second-hand that women's emotions and actions are always in flux.
Being deeply inspired by the artwork of both Gustav Klimt and William Morris, I find that the decorative components of art are very intriguing and have become quite important in my own artwork. Because of that, I begin my composition by first designing and painting a repetitive wallpaper-like pattern that fills the canvas. Then, using photographs that I've taken or found as a reference point for my figures' facial expressions and posture, I decide how to place the figures within the space. I usually double the figure in order to focus on the duality and complexity of women. The two elements, the background and figure, are designed and painted separately in a sort of collaging manner.
My hope is that this small body of work is enjoyed by the viewer as a decoration that references interior spaces as well as being a study of the female figure in ever-changing flux.