Anne Seelbach received a BA from New York University and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She was a Painting Fellow at the Radcliffe (Bunting) Institute, Harvard University. She has developed her work at the MacDowell Colony, Triangle Artists' Workshop, the Griffis Art Center, New London, CT and I-Park, East Haddam, CT. International art residencies include the Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany and the Griffis-Orpheus Foundations' artist exchange program, Sophia, Bulgaria.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Newark Museum, NJ, Lyman Allyn Museum, CT and the Frauenmuseum, Germany. She is also represented in many corporate collections including Pfizer Inc., Prudential Insurance and XTO Energy as well as many private collections in the United States and Europe.email@example.comArtist's Statement
My art is inspired by the seasons, the tides and wildlife at the shore. Abstraction, representation, color, gesture, mark-making and the energy of the painting process are all used to express the mysteries of nature where earth and water meet.
The new "Troubled Waters" paintings address the pollution that is in many of our water systems. Gaskets and other mechanical shapes are incorporated into the paintings, representing human presence and chemical waste. The paintings reflect the conflict between physical laws of nature and our artificial attempts to control the environment. Mechanical shapes crowd the waters. Fish mutate into peculiar forms. A change is taking place and nature reflects this disruption.
I am interested in the tension between representation and abstraction: perspective drawing versus free-form washes; mechanical shapes versus atmospheric color fields. Gestural brushwork and rich colors are dominant. Layered paint creates more complex color and texture. A tension is created between three-dimensional illusion and a flattening of space. It is a visual way to illustrate the tension of disparate forms (natural and industrial) that inhabit our troubled waters.