A recipient of the 2010-11 North Carolina Arts Council Grant, Anne Lemanski lives and works in Spruce Pine, NC. Her studio is a shipping container next to her home. Her work is in many private collections and the permanent collection of the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina, and the U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies collection, Karachi, Pakistan. Her politically charged statements cloak complex three-dimensional sculptural constructions.
“Cockatoos” is a work from Lemanski’s series titled Blue Go-Go, a 12-painting series. All prints are created from original, hand cut collages. There is no digital manipulation except for the hi-resolution scan of the original collage. They are archival pigment prints on Somerset Velvet paper, mounted to wood panel.
Blue Go-Go is filled with the imagery of science and nature, using color and photos to explore the relationships between man, nature and the world they inhabit. She created the piece during a ten week residency at McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte. She created each print from collages she hand cut from vintage science and nature encyclopedias and then enlarged. Lemanski then placed the cut outs on backgrounds from an old math textbook.
“She’s thinking about how what we learn and what we know changes over time – even science, which is presented as cold hard fact,” said Ron Platt, Chief Curator at Grand Rapids Art Museum, who displayed Blue Go-Go as part of their ArtPrize 2015 exhibition, Nature/Nurture. “Released from their pages, these animals, plants, charts, and gemstones form unlikely new configurations. It’s as if everything we learned at school one day went rogue – anarchy in the classroom. The prints she made from the collages are so enormous, they make us feel small, like kids again.”
Anne Lemanski studied at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan, and the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. In 1992, she earned a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Lemanski is a former resident artist for both Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, and Ox-Bow Summer School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan.