from “ETERNAL EXPRESSION OF AN INTERNAL FEELING”
An Interview with Ann Christopher
Describing your early work, you once said that you “meant it to be stately but also to have a non-earthly element, to have something apart, just like a god.” This characterization was revelatory to read, as your new sculptures and drawings also feel striking in their unearthliness, or their “apart”-ness—something to do with purity, perhaps, or an elemental certainty. Does this early statement of yours still feel accurate in describing aspects of your work now?
I believe sculptures should have presence: they are an external expression of an internal feeling and should not be lifeless. This is especially interesting when making abstract work and it is, in my opinion, often the reason people find sensing the presence unsettling when confronted with an inanimate and non-figurative sculpture. I cannot consciously add this presence but I feel very gratified when viewers sense it in my work.
René Magritte said, "People who look for symbolic meanings fail to grasp the inherent poetry and mystery of the image. No doubt they sense this mystery but they wish to get rid of it. They are afraid. By asking ‘what does this mean?’ they express a wish that everything be understandable. But if one does not reject the mystery, one has quite a different response. One asks other things."
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Ann Christopher: Edge and Line is the inaugural exhibition of the expanded Rosenberg Gallery, featuring abstract sculptures and works on paper by the award-winning British artist—the youngest female sculptor ever to be elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy. A luminary in contemporary abstraction, the works of Ann Christopher encompass monumental sculpture in bronze, smaller sculptures of sterling silver and stainless steel, and architectural works on paper that reflect her mastery of line, light, and movement. Edge and Line continues Christopher’s exploration of contemplative form, and the broad selection of pieces included in the exhibition showcase the evolution of her work over past two decades.