Art by Ann Marie Gillett. Ann Marie has worked in a variety of ways throughout her career. Fabric design, illustration for children’s publications, gourd vessels, and printmaking have been areas of interest while simultaneously teaching art to pupils who have ranged from pre-school level to graduate studies. She currently teaches at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island while also working in her studio, which overlooks 12 acres of woods and fields. Her grown daughters are Lily and Jasmine and she has a new granddaughter, Ivy. As you might surmise, her affinity for growing things inspires more than her artwork!
From the Artist: "One often hears about “process” being important to an artist. The journey from idea to a completed work has a trajectory that can sometimes be direct, but often takes detours. Flexibility in how you react to your work is necessary and compels creativity to guide your path. Anyone involved with growing something-- whether a houseplant, vegetable garden, or on a large agricultural scale, knows that unexpected things arise and that you must react and adapt to circumstances while what you tend grows to fruition. That connection between growing something organic and developing a piece of art seems natural to me and is why making art and gardening have always been a part of my life. For the past several years I have been making collage images using artist tape that is painted with gradations of color, patterns and other variations. These strips of tape become the palette from which I make my work. Red noodle beans were the variety chosen for me to illustrate. This selection is a plant that climbs upward while sending down long pods, a push-pull concept I recently used for my work “Gravity’s Garden.” One of the pleasures I find in gardening is watching a germinated seed initially reach for the sun, and then in the plant’s waning days, fall back to return to its beginning in the soil. I collaged this bean climbing a trellis while sending down long graceful pods hoping to capture the grace of these opposing forces."
Medium: painted tape collage