Colorado-based painter Anna Charney’s latest series of work is a conceptual examination of the human body at its core. Charney endeavors to explore the intrinsic relationship between the forms of nature and of the human body. The series of work is visually fluid, and at times, even spiritual.
- My art comes from the convergence of my subconscious exploration and my neurotic tendency to count my actions. It is a combination of a visual depiction of the former and a physical manifestation of the latter - resulting in surreal and detailed forms. My subject matter consists of fragmented and distorted figures, covered with, and surrounded by, repeating design.
I keep a dream journal and pay close attention to what it is that makes dreams feel so real. These figures are conjured up in my dreams and the surreal places in which they occur. By depicting abstract things in intense and clear detail, I am calling them into my waking reality and giving them as much importance as existing forms or landscapes.
I utilize the practice of automatic drawing in my work, loosely and randomly letting my hand create the initial shapes. I start each piece with an unconscious and usually impossible form. By starting with no preconceived composition, I am inviting my dreaming subconscious into my artistic exercise and channeling it into my daytime life.
Once I have made this connection between both spheres of consciousness, I begin to make more decisive marks. I have always had the tendency to count my repetitive actions numerically in my head as they are made. This applies to activities such as brushing my teeth or walking up stairs. Art is a process in which I allow myself neurotic satisfaction through repeating small details and incessantly patterning – counting each mark as I make it and repeating specific sequences of numbers. This brings much motif into my work.