I investigate the essence of everyday experiences and circumstances. Visual expression and the process of art making allows me the perspective to transform random, seemingly meaningless events into meaningful and contemplated moments of significance. The splices of paper and washes of paint in my work try to blend the balance between spontaneity and structure visually, yet also serve as the symbolic mirror of the constant swell and swale of finding that balance in my personal and professional life.
The unfinished nature of the images I create with mixed media serves to convey the pages of a treasured sketchbook that begs to be reworked, stripped down, layered upon and to be explored visually for context and meaning. Existential themes and societal metaphors are confronted and questioned through a mess of paint, patterns and spliced imagery. These elements are fighting for emphasis of the viewer’s eye, as well as in my mind.
Ann E. Lawton, MS-ATR, has settled in the lush urban landscape of the Twin Cities metro area, and has been a lifetime resident of the Midwest. She received her Bachelors of Science in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and her Masters of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. Her studio is in River Falls, Wisconsin and she practices art therapy with a variety of populations in in the St. Croix Valley.