Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
Although I have been doing portraits my entire professional career, my newest pieces are composite portraits. They have images from several humans overlapping each other. I achieve this by printing images of the individuals from separate woodcuts together on the same canvas. They combine drawing with multi-colored painted surface with woodblock printed overlays. I intend the work to represent the mixture of feelings and memories that one has in a close relationship with another person. Layers of color are applied, then at times reduced or removed, over the pre-painted features of each subject.
The effort becomes a process similar to how a performance would be viewed over time. Each action reveals an aspect of a relationship, suggesting that an interpersonal connection, like the painting, is always a function of its stages of development. These newest portraits will be shown at the Tweed Museum of Art (UMD) beginning June 4 through August 11 this summer.
How did you decide to become an artist?
Two main reasons. First, was the influence of my artist grandmother whom I was very close to. I loved being with her in her studio. The second driving force was and is the need to document and hold memories safe. For me, making art is an extension of that.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
If you have an idea try it! From my long time great friend and colleague Harold Adams. The studio is a place to take risks and experiment!
Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself?
Through my website, Labovitz.com, Linked in, social media such as Facebook and Twitter, through galleries and exhibitions. I also have a short, monthly newsletter that provides professional updates and announcements.
Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth
Lizzards Art Gallery, Duluth
Dow Building and the Juut Salon Spa
In addition to www.Local-Artist-Interviews.com, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
Walker Art Center
Weisman Art Museum
Burnet Art Gallery
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
Yes. My solo portrait exhibition at the TweedMuseum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth. Anne Labovitz: Composite Portraits