(Image: Anne Herrero, Abandoned House, 2012 , oil on panel,11 x 14 x .4 inches; © Anne Herrero)
Anne Herrero (b. 1984, Oakland, California)
I paint from observation and memory. Born in 1984 in Oakland, California, I was raised with a strong sense of family. Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, my work has been driven by repeated attempts to reconcile tradition and the rapidly changing landscape of personal history. Past explorations of monochromatic images sought to reconstruct emotional and physical spaces through the lens of memory; these explorations constitute the basis for my current paintings. While I was initially driven by a desire to memorialize shared family experience, my focus is now on abandoned structures as symbols of discarded inheritance and the marginalization of rural life. Using personal photographs for reference, I begin each image in grisaille. This palette supports the process of recalling a shared memory by allowing me to cite the photographic source and traditional forms of communication. When addressing the subject of abandoned structures or spaces, I use the grisaille as a foundation and continue to build the image exclusively from memory. At this stage, I begin adding color. I use a combination of direct and indirect paint applications to develop the surface aggressively, often removing glazes with sandpaper and x-acto blades. The physicality of this process is integral to the development of content as I struggle to capture my remembered impression.
Education: BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009.
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