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
2018
"Glimpses of The Multiverse", Gallery Sensei, New York, NY
December 13, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Curator: Tansy Xiao

2017
Faces of Nature, Industrious, Center City Philadelphia, PA
May 1 - May 31

2015
Annie Stone Collages, InLiquid at Rivers Edge Gallery, Upper Black Eddy, PA
February - May
Curator: Mat Tomesko

2014
Annie Stone Collages: Nature Redefined, Ritz Theatre Company Gallery, Haddon Township, NJ
January 10 - February 8

Annie Stone Collages, Ready to Hand Studio, Philadelphia, PA
April - May 2014

Group
2018
Member's Exhibition", The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
September 24 - October 25

Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, First Look
First Look September 6
Sale September 16

A Small Matter, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
August 25 - October 20
Curator: Virginia Walsh

Second Lives, A Group Exhibition of Women Artists, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
June 20 - July 1

Artists of the Philadelphia Sketch Club Show Their Work, Jewish Arts Center, Old City, Philadelphia, PA
June 1 - 30
Curator: Bill Kosman

The Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
March 9 - 31
Jurors: Robert Bohne, Gail Bracegirdle

Creature Feature, Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
February 3 - March 9
Jurors: Brad Hagmayer, Garth Herrick, Martha Perkins

2017
Out of Scale", Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
December 6 - 17

InLiquid Benefit, Crane Arts Icebox Project, Phildelphia, PA
November 2 - 5

Three Person Local Artist Show, Joel and Linda Appel Gallery at the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NG
September - October

Conservation Education Group Auction, Conservation Education Facebook Group
August 2017

Belle’s Garden, Ritz Theater Company Gallery, Haddon Township, NJ
July 13 - August 6

The Bird Art Show, Belmar Arts Center, Belmar, NJ
July 8 - August 5
Juror: Frederick Brosen

Bugs of Paradise, Crane Arts Building, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
June 8 - June 30
Curator: Mat Tomesko

Guest Artist, Ageless Gardens Gallery, Naudain Street Art Collaborative
May 6 - June 3

New Jersey Maker's Day, Annie Stone's Make & Take Collage Station, Thomas Richards Elementary School, Atco, NJ
March 25

2016
The Dry Show, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
December 4 - 29

Under STORY-Looking Beneath, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
December 1 - 18

Fun House, Barrett Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
July 23 - September 3
Juror: Eve Biddle

85/564, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
April 6 - 24

Collectors Choice, Studio Channel Islands, Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo, CA
March 12
Juror: Andi Campognone

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
February 8

July Member Exhibition, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2015
“Small Works”, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
December 2 - 21

“Open Studio”, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
October 3 - 4

Polymer and Paper-Layered Impressions, Show of Hands, Philadelphia, PA
June 13 - July 26

A Cut Above, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth, MA
June 26 - September 7

No Theme Exhibition, Banfille Locke Center For The Arts, Fridley, MN
June 20 - July 18

Proclamation Pop, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
April 18 - June 12

Something Cool, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
July 8 - 29

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

Professional Affiliations

DaVinci Art Alliance
Guild of American Papercutters
InLiquid
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
The Philadelphia Sketch Club

Awards and Honors

New Courtland Fellowship, Fall 2017

Blick micro grant through InLiquid 2017

Publications

Celebration, Guild of American Paper Cutters Annual 2016 Publication

Education

1995
Thomas Jefferson University (then known as Philadelphia College of Textiles), Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Textile Design