Ann Marie Kennedy
Ann Marie Kennedy is an installation artist and papermaker living in Raleigh, N.C. She is a faculty member in the Fine Arts Department at Wake Technical Community College. Art. In 1998, she completed her M.F.A in Intermedia/Video Art and Sculpture. She was a resident artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, CA in 2001, and at Penland School of Crafts, NC from 2001- 4. She received a Visual Artists’ Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council for 2004-5. Recent exhibitions include: an installation, Memory House as part of the Natural World exhibit at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design and NC State, an installation, Forms of Shelter at Artspace, Raleigh, NC, and Film/Video/Visual Arts NCAC Fellowship Recipients at the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC. Her work is in many public and private collections.
In my installations and works on paper, I often employ natural elements to create narratives about human connections and experiences. In these pieces, plants and seeds are layered with textile fragments and pulp painting. The interactions of these elements suggest a complexity and fragility in relationships. Groupings of plants can be seen as connecting on a cellular or social level; reaching towards each other, dispersing, or coming to rest on other objects. These pieces are created using papermaking processes. Flax pulp is poured onto a screen and the elements are composed while floating in slurry (pulp and water). As I lift the screen up out of the water, things shift and spread out, often disrupting the sense of order I am trying to impose. Through the process, these pieces become meditations on the endeavor of finding order amongst prevailing circumstances.