During the past few years I have been making plastic, inflatable sculptures that slowly deflate and flatten. With these forms I observe transitions between two- and three-dimensional states, revel in both, and achieve neither. I am intrigued by the convergence of opposites evident in this work and the restlessness of the finished objects.
My prints and drawings evolve from these sculptures. The seams on my inflatables or the gestures and planes of my small ceramic forms map an intuitive process of decision-making. Later I fix those lines in prints, or photographs in order to honor the serendipitous nature of the original effort. I wonder then — am I getting closer to the center of things?
Anna Hepler imbues her studies of shapes and volumes with mystery; she finds the emotion in geometry. She studied at Oberlin and the University of Wisconsin and moved to Maine in 2001; she has taught at Bowdoin and the University of Southern Maine. She has exhibited widely throughout the country and internationally. In Maine her work has been on exhibit at Space Gallery, Portland and Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, and she had a solo show at CMCA in 2013. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Tate Gallery in London, the Portland Museum, the Bowdoin, Mills, Oberlin, Wellesley, University of Vermont, and University of Wisconsin museums, and the DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park.