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Ann Symes

Elements: air water

With this series of work, Ann's interest was in discovering ways that suggested and gave a sense of the surface and movement of water in simple, abstract ways. 


By limiting the use of materials to graphite and charcoal powders, pencil and acrylic gouache, Ann worked experimentally within those confines on paper and birch panels.  Panels were selected specifically for their grain which she saw as tidal water and which played a part in guiding the design.  Some of the graphite areas are polished to create a reflective surface and one reminiscent of how metallic the sea can look in winter.  

On paper Ann returned to frottage, a technique she hadn't used for years and discovered a new way of making a surface rubbing that yielded softer results, suggestive of dappled light on water.

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