In any one day, how all the things get mixed together – is the beginning point for my work. I come to the studio with an accumulation of thoughts and plans for my day and for the work I am in the midst of making. Invariably there
are interruptions or detours from my original intention and I find myself going
down a rabbit hole that leads me to a line of inquiry or several overlapping
inquiries.

This takes the form of drawn sections with layers of color, texture, and tape, and extemporaneous writing with pencils and ink. I move back and forth between the verbal and non-verbal sections, crossing out parts that are irrelevant. Throughout this process I repeatedly write the phrase “start here” as a way to bring my focus back to the current moment and use that experience in the drawing – I will take whatever thoughts or sensations I am aware of and use them as material in my work.

It’s a circular process that allows me to connect mundane concerns with life-changing events, personal experiences with things I read or think about. For me this is a way to process information, ideas, and emotion. It is a way to make a picture of the constant flow of thought, noise, need, and distraction.

Anne Gilman
2016
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