Annie Stone


Mixed Media/Collage

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

I started making collages by accident in a way. I had purchased, used and saved wolf calendars for several years. I identified with and still have an affinity for wolves. They are committed to their pack, faithful and loving creatures, 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 sat on the floor spreading everything out when I first began; a very primal experience for me. 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 catalogs 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 for making collages. I meticulously cut out the images I choose and then using my unique technique I attach the images to each other, often interweaving them with one another and layering in such a way as to create an organic shape independent of any background that also gives it dimension. It isn’t until framing that it is floated onto a mat and framed.

I have found this process to be very satisfying because it tapped into my creativity in a way that nothing else had until then and the rest is history.

Artist's Statement

Can we look for beauty in the world and be in awe of all that exists? With all due respect to science and industry, 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 or why all that is in it exists, as well as using its resources without reverence. In experiencing my collages, I hope people will think more deeply about the human role in the world by creating unexpected interactions and relationships with images in my work. I hope to open up new respect, perspectives, and appreciation for beauty, the environment, life, humor and relationships. Please look deeply and enjoy, there are always surprises to be found.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2017
Faces of Nature, Industrious, Center City Philadelphia, PA

2015
Annie Stone Collages, InLiquid at Rivers Edge Gallery, Upper Black Eddy, PA

2014
Annie Stone Collages: Nature Redefined, Ritz Theatre Company Gallery, Haddon Township, NJ

Annie Stone Collages, Ready to Hand Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2017
Belle’s Garden, Ritz Theater Company Gallery, Haddon Township, NJ

The Bird Art Show, Belmar Arts Center, Belmar, NJ

Bugs of Paradise, Crane Arts Building, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

Guest Artist, Ageless Gardens Gallery, Naudain Street Art Collaborative

2016
The Dry Show, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Under STORY-Looking Beneath, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Celebration, Guild of American Paper Cutters Annual 2016 Publication

Fun House, Barrett Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

85/564, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Collectors Choice, Studio Channel Islands, Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo, CA

Allegany Arts Council Appalachian Nature Art Competition and Exhibition, Cumberland, MD

Very Different Animals, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

InLiquid Benefit 2016, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

July Member Exhibition, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2015
“Small Works”, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

“Open Studio”, 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

Something Cool, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Art by Design, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Affiliations

DaVinci Art Alliance
Guild of American Papercutters
InLiquid
Center For Emerging Visual Artists

Awards and Honors

New Courtland Fellowship, Fall 2017

Blick micro grant through InLiquid 2017

Education

1995
Philadelphia University (Philadelphia College of Textiles), Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Textile Design