This exhibition features the latest work by Anna Hepler, who is the recipient of the 2013 Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship Award. Beginning this year, CMCA will offer a solo exhibition to the recipient of this annual award.
Upon learning about the award, Hepler, who lives in Eastport, Maine, wrote, “How and where is it best to construct a working life? How and where can I live up to my fullest potential? During the past few years, I have confronted these questions almost constantly. In response, I have relocated to a rural place and detached myself from institutional frameworks that previously supported me. I have also felt tremendous doubt about whether these new choices were the right ones. This fellowship offers a kind of unexpected affirmation, and strength to keep going in the directions I have recently chosen.” Hepler began her artistic investigation through printmaking, and she has maintained that aesthetic sensibility as she moves to other mediums, including installations and sculpture.
New Work includes abstract sculptural forms that are imagined from flat shapes, such as a shadow from a doorway or a detail from a paper collage, and prints and drawings that are, in turn, derived from these sculptures. While the works on paper convey an illusion of three-dimensionality, the sculptural work often disappears into flatness and transparency.
Hepler received a BA from Oberlin College in Ohio and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work is in several public collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Gallery, London; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Portland Museum of Art, Maine; Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, New Mexico; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine; Mills College, Oakland, Calfornia; Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; University of Vermont, Burlington; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts; and Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. www.annahepler.com
FMI about the 2013 Maine Arts Commission Individual Fellowship Program recipients, click here.