Materials: Watercolor. Wooden frame (hanging)
Size: 4” x 5” (unframed) – 8.75 x 9.75” (framed)
My work is an exploration of suggestive forms and our visual, non-literal consciousness. I am interested in connecting the viewer with a world that feels familiar but unnamable, and in using crude marks and shapes to tap into early human experience. I pull from a range of sources to do this – ancient art, architecture, music and dance – and play with figures and structures that offer meaning but resist identification.
My series of 4x5 inch mixed media self-portraits builds on my interest in early human experience. These works draw inspiration from Upper Paleolithic “Venus” figurines, some of the earliest examples of figurative art. While the figurines were long thought to be fertility symbols or fetish objects, an alternative theory is that they were self-portraits made by women looking down at their own bodies. The series explores variations on the female nude with a playful, revisionist lens.
Anna's work was selected for the “PEOPLE” group exhibition at FRIEDA (June 2022 – August 2022). She also participated in the artist talk "The Body of work" on June 23.
Anna Guarneri is a visual artist based in Philadelphia. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is an experienced nonprofit professional. She works in various media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and stained glass. Anna’s ongoing series of self-portraits is inspired by Paleolithic “Venus” figurines, some of the earliest examples of figurative art. While the figurines were long thought to be fertility symbols or fetish objects, an alternative theory is that they were self-portraits made by women looking down at their own bodies. Paintings in the series incorporate forms and colors from historical, spiritual, and decorative art.
You can find more of Anna’s work at her website.
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