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I started making collages by accident in a way. I had purchased, used and saved wolf calendars for several years. I identified or had an affinity for wolves. They are community/family oriented, are faithful and loving creatures, are misunderstood and persecuted. Coming across these calendars during a “purge” I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them when it occurred to me to cut the images out and assemble them in a way that was meaningful to me. I actually sat on the floor spreading everything out when I first began. I have since moved from the floor to tables and have made collages using images of all kinds of flora and fauna. My process is not necessarily an intellectual or entirely conscious one. I often choose images that I have a visceral reaction to and just know I want to work with them. I have a relatively good visual memory and begin to think about images that I want to put together. It sometimes works out, sometimes not, which then creates the hunt through my collection of resources for what feels and looks right to me. I never know when I begin a collage what it will look like in the end, I only know there is a sense of something I want to communicate.
My belated textile design education served me well as everything came together when I began cutting images from the public domain, calendars, magazines, books and catalogues and began putting them together in ways that reminded me of doing puzzles, weaving and knitting, as well as reflecting my love of color and pattern. In combination with my love of lace as well as my love of animals and all of nature, I began a very unique process of making collages that I found very satisfying because it tapped into my creativity in a way that nothing else had up until then and the rest is history.
With all due respect to science and the wonderful things it has accomplished, I often wonder about humans and how they presume to think they can figure out the universe, the world and how/why all that is in it exists. Can we look for beauty in the world and be in awe of all that exists? I try to accomplish this and hope people will think more deeply about the human role in the world by creating new interactions/relationships with unexpected images and their juxtapositions using my unique assembly technique. I hope to open up new perspectives and appreciation for beauty, the environment, life, humor and relationships. Look deeply and enjoy.
Annie Stone Collages, InLiquid at Rivers Edge Gallery, Upper Black Eddy, PA
Annie Stone Collages: Nature Redefined, Ritz Theatre Company Gallery, Haddon Township, NJ
Annie Stone Collages, Ready to Hand Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Allegany Arts Council Applachian Nature Art Competition and Exhibition, Cumberland, MD
Very Different Animals, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA
July Member Exhibition, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Fun House, Barrett Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
85/564, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Collectors Choice, Studio Channel Islands, Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo, CA
Art by Design, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Something Cool, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Polymer and Paper-Layered Impressions, Show of Hands, Philadelphia, PA
A Cut Above, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth. MA
No Theme Exhibition, Banfille Locke Center For The Arts, Fridley, MN
Proclamation Pop, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Guild of American Papercutters
Da Vinci Art Alliance
Center For Emerging Visual Artists
Philadelphia University (Philadelphia College of Textiles), Philadelphia, PA
BA, Textile Design