Thursday, April 26, 2012
Monday, October 3, 2011
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hospital Art: Color Play
I'm excited to show you some photos of the recent art project we did at Roswell. I am an artist-in-residence (one among six) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute through the Arts in Healthcare Initiative run by the Center for the Arts at UB.
What you see in these photos is a group art piece recently hung in the Same Day Surgery wing at RPCI. Over the past few months we have been inviting patients, their loved ones, and staff at the hospital to play with color. They've been painting square clay board panels with watercolor paint, focusing on blending and color mood. We worked in patient rooms, waiting rooms, hallways, staff break areas, and the infusion clinic. The Arts in Healthcare team also contributed panels. Pragna Wood and I oversaw the project, with help from so many people at Roswell and in the Arts in Healthcare program.
The most challenging part of the whole process was composing with all the squares. It was like one of those puzzles we used to play with on long car trips, where you push little squares around to make a picture of a kitty cat or a clown or something. The only difference is that this puzzle had an infinite number of possible solutions. It could have been arranged a million different ways! As we arranged and rearranged, we juggled our surprisingly strong emotional attachments to each square: each artist we remembered- each worried family member, or delighted nurse, or beloved colleague, or brave patient. It made the artistic process of arrangement incredibly poignant!
So this is the big installation. Waiting to be hung yet is a smaller grouping to go across from the nurses' station. Still in the works is a grouping painted by the nurses on this unit, to be hung behind their nurses' station.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I spent much of yesterday working in the studio and it was a good day. Some days, I go in and I putter-wash dishes, eat peanuts, and watch the construction out on Main Street- anything, anything but work. Why does that happen? It's not like I don't want to be there!
Yesterday wasn't like that. I had a lively student in the morning (which is always great fun) and worked steadily the rest of the time there. Had a nice break when Kelly (owns Arriba, the Mexican Restaurant downstairs) coaxed me out on the patio with a new menu item he's trying out- a breakfast-y, brunch-y Mexican concoction I would highly recommend you try when he puts it on the menu in a couple weeks.
I poked at a painting in progress. It's been on the easel for almost 2 months now (which is long for me!). Some days I just look at it. Others, I scrub something out or veil something in. It's vigorous and chunky- I may need to calm it down some, I don't know. Kristen liked the colors very much when she visited a while ago, so did Barbara. This gives me hope : )
I'm posting some newer art today- Portfolio 4 on the website (www.annfrankart.com). The black and white piece is older. It's been on the wall in the studio for a while, left over from some exercise I was having a student do. I kept playing around with this one after the student had finished hers. I'm putting it up for fun. I'm not really expecting anyone to want to buy it (although, if you love it, by all means!). It's mostly for my own amusement. I'm also amazed by what looks like a very red painting once the photo was posted in P. 4. It's really more subdued than it looks- more of a flower mood. I will try to reshoot that later this week, see if I can't get a truer color match.
Check out the new page on the website for student artwork. It's a collection of art from the women in the class at Horizon Village. Their work is really lovely- I hope you enjoy it.
If you are coming to visit me at the studio, call first. The construction on Main Street does keep life interesting and if I know you are coming, I can guide you in your parking options. Never ever a dull moment!