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I have come to think of my work as 'slow improvisation', an exploration of materials and methods that are dependent on time to find solutions, rather than a preconceived road map giving me directions on how to get there. The evolution that happens during this process is always integral to the finished piece - even if the pace means years instead of months.
These early works on paper reflect a kind of compulsion to use hand tools that enforced a slow pace of working; single edged razor blades to cut fine line ink drawings on woodcuts up to six feet in size or collaged three dimensional low relief drawings with tiny glued pieces of paper grass. They are all self-portraits in various guises or disguises.
Anne Kingsbury's entire life has been spent in various forms of the arts. She holds an MFA degree and has been the Executive Director at Woodland Pattern since the organization's founding in 1979. She has over 40 years of experience in arts creation, education and management. Anne's work in mixed media has been featured in 15 publications, the most recent is the on-line magazine Not Enough Night from Naropa University. Three titles with major color photographs are Art to Wear by Julie S. Dale (1986, Abbeville Press), The Art Quilt, Robert Shaw, (1998, Hugh Lauter Levin Assoc.) andContemporary American Quilts, Robert Shaw (2009 Sterling Publishing). She has participated in over 80 major exhibitions, the most recent being a 40 year retrospective at Redline Gallery in Milwaukee, WI in 2012.
Anne has served as a review panelist for the Wisconsin Arts Board, Ohio Arts Board, Illinois Arts Council, Intermedia Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a lead organizer of a successful and innovative effort to incorporate written works by 50 Wisconsin authors into the architecture of Milwaukee's downtown convention center. She currently serves on the Milwaukee Arts Board and is a community member of the Franklin Pierce Elementary School Parent Council. In June 2008 Anne was appointed to the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters as a lifetime Fellow.