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Anna Ortiz’s aptly named pastel landscapes feature sculptural figures and faces carved in hefty stone monuments. In this work, the grandeur of stone is preserved and the softening effects of time captured in the dreamlike color pallate. Anna’s oil on panel work tells a story of ancient civilization and collapse through an otherworldly lens.
Born in MA / Works in Brooklyn, NY
Many people confess to a feeling of awe at seeing remnants of old civilizations. But oh wait, Anna's paintings in neon and pastel wash don't just focus on the time that landmarks endured, but the original fantasy they must have inspired. Namely, these sculptures submerge into the ground as if they've grown out of it, echoing the Olmec and Aztec beliefs that rocks and other landmarks are already animate. Their gravity doesn't come from the fact that they represent higher spirits, but that they are converging points for human and nature - and for painting, representation and our "reading into" it?