Art Gallery Exhibit: “The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books!”

The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books!, an installation by artist Annie Silverman, is now on view in the RSM Art Gallery. Annie Silverman is a relief printmaker and book artist who has been creating experimental work with print installations, printed dimensional objects and books for over 20 years. In 2007 she formed Abrazos Press, a small teaching and professional studio with Sandra Butler and Nina Wishnok in Somerville, MA.

All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Wednesday, August 30, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Annie Silverman
The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books!
August 17 – October 1, 2017

Opening Reception
Wednesday, August 30
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Beehives by Annie Silverman
Beehives by Annie Silverman

Artist’s Statement

Annie Silverman specializes in both wood block and mixed media printmaking, and has been a printmaker for over 20 years.

The wood that she carves to create the matrices for her prints is specially prepared plywood from Japan called SHINA, which is easy to carve and keeps a lot of detail.

She is often asked “how long does it take to carve that?” and she always says, “As long as it takes”. Carving and listening to audio books are very complementary studio activities.

Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? Much of Annie’s inspiration comes from her life experiences. She is an urban beekeeper, a beginning accordion player, and a gardener, with strong interests in natural history and botanical illustrations. She also is intrigued with antique circus posters from the 1800’s. There is often an air of humorous oddness in her work which she finds entertaining and hopes her audience does as well.

Some sources of inspiration for Annie’s work are:

– Patterns in Nature
– Antique toys
– Gardens
– Stories
– Shadows
– Cells
– Postcards
– Carved and scratched patterns and surfaces
– Bees (she’s a beekeeper)
– Old prints of botany and natural history
– Curiosity cabinets and the history of collections
– Woven fish traps and coracles
– Polka dots

For more information about the artist please visit her website.

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