“Creating this way is how I know myself, how I make sense of the world, and how I communicate with people at a deep and satisfying level. I make art to connect inwardly with myself and to connect outwardly with the world around me.”
Anne Dove makes art in Seattle to connect with herself and others. Similar to her previous mode of creation as a writer, creating art is a cleansing meditation that leaves her tired but refreshed and renewed. Despite living with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye disease that ultimately causes complete blindness, Anne began making art full-time once she became legally blind.
Anne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent her early years in Tokyo, Japan. In Tokyo, she developed an appreciation for the wabi-sabi principles of fukinsei (asymmetry) and shizen (without pretense), and the principle of shibumi (simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty). Western influences are the surrealists, modernists, and modern expressionists. She’s also influenced by poetry, nature, science, psychology, and her own dreams.
She enjoys the unpredictable nature of alcohol inks and monoprinting. Anne also creates collages because of the surreal and symbolic nature of the art and how she can find meaning in what may initially appear senseless or absurd. To Anne, art communicates feelings and ideas in a way words cannot. It’s a silent, powerful emotional connection she enjoys sharing with others.
“I’d like my work as an artist who is legally blind to speak for itself, and if I can inspire others who are dealing with limitations or hardship to continue to reach for and pursue the things that make their lives meaningful and useful, then I’m honored to do so.”read more
Prints by Anne Dove
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