Annie Stone, A Juggling Act, 2016. Hand-cut images attached at their tips, then floated onto the mat, 17.5 x 15.5 x 1.5 inches.
"Flying plus squirrel, and unlikely combination, although there are other creatures that I have found in the same category (like a flying lizard, pine cones and squirrels seemed a good combination, especially with how I placed and attached them). There was little to no overlap in order to attach the pine cones to themselves in the way I usually do. I had to come up with a creative way to achieve what I wanted. They are delicately glued edge to edge (I don't use glue often). The squirrel within a delicate circle he/she can't really fly only really jump and glide for short distances. Precarious all around, maybe."
Annie Stone on her process: "I collage because it is the art form that best expresses my awe of the world around us, people, places, things and nature. I assemble collages using various resources for images I hand cut in order to open new perspectives as well as appreciation of beauty, nature, the environment, life, humor and relationships. I choose my images inspired by particular creatures, images, patterns, color and texture to create unusual interactions and relationships with the images that create a new whole. My process isn't necessarily an intellectual or conscious one. I never know what the finished collage will look in the end; I only know there is a sense of something that I begin to see and feel as it evolves into the final piece."
Annie Stone has always been creative in one way or another, knitting, crocheting, painting, assembling puzzles, solving problems and meeting life’s challenges. In 1990, at the age of 40 she went back to school to get a BA in textile design. She graduated Suma Cum Laude and won first prize in the senior show for her design work. It wasn’t until 1999 that she first began creating collages from calendars of wolves that her design background and her previous interests came together, experimenting with different techniques of assembling and gluing to create finished pieces of work. While she didn’t start showing her work until 2014, she has participated in many shows throughout the US. Stone started a collage group here in Philadelphia, called Philadelphia CollageWorks, in order to promote collage through meetings that are experiential, as well as educational, and to do group shows together. Her founding of the group was inspired by the following quote: "The art world continues to be painting-centric and what that means is that all other media are related back to painting. The world of collage is rich, layered, and thick with complexity. By remixing history and culture, collage artists forge new thinking. To understand collage is to reshape one’s thinking of art history and redefine the canon of visual culture that informs the present. The role of contemporary collage in art, culture, and society needs its own place in the art world." - Ric Kasini Kadour, Kolaj Magazine Editor