"This is an alcohol ink painting on polypropylene which gives it its radiant and saturated color that reminds me of stained glass. The art deco design in this piece also makes me think of the arts and crafts movement. This design is enhanced with alcohol ink markers and additional alcohol which lightens areas where it is applied. I named it The Seven Rushes because it reminded me of cattails, or rushes that grow in wetlands.
After I created and named this piece, I looked up the word rushes on the Internet and found that some rushes have been used traditionally to cure eye diseases. I am legally blind with a degenerative eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, so it's a strange coincidence that I recognized this abstract pattern as 'rushes'."
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“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 lives with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye disease that ultimately causes complete blindness. She began making art full-time once she became legally blind, as a tool 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.
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). Her art also contains western influences, such as Surrealism, Modernism, and Modern Expressionism. Additionally, Anne is influenced by poetry, nature, science, psychology, and even her own dreams.
Anne enjoys the unpredictable nature of alcohol inks and monoprinting. She also creates collages because of their surreal and symbolic nature, and the process of finding meaning in what may initially appear senseless or absurd. To Anne, art communicates feelings and ideas in a way that 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.”
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