Rush Of Brightness, acrylic and flashe on panel, 16 x 20 inches
Listen To The River, acrylic on yupo, 9 x 12 inches, framed, $900
Anna Dibble: Artist Statement – January 2019
Back to the Wild
My work is based in the wild, driven by concern about our current alienation from nature. It’s about the time of life on earth: from animals and plants in early Ordovician oceans found in layers of rock, to the current dysfunctional ecosystem found in the ice cores. Non-linear, circular time. The past in the present.
The ice cores tell us we started altering the earth’s atmosphere around the time of the industrial revolution. At the same time we became more urbanized, and began losing our crucial connection to the land, water, wildlife, and weather. The confluence of these two inceptions is the source of our ecological crisis.
The paintings are tethered to the landscape, place-based tradition my father and grandfather painted in. Literature, music, narrative, and especially poetry are informant heart-strings. This is a personal mythology that’s driven by my love of, and place within the natural world, and my deep concern for its future.
Strong influences: The mediums, crossing places, juxtapositions, and my childhood rivers and woods. My working process is a search, a daily reach, a learning approach. It’s like other parts of life – following a thread that doesn’t go in an easy or straight line. A shuffle, an excavation, and a strange hope.
“Being responsible for creating the future it is important that we keep alive our capacity to imagine what that might be lest we continue to recreate the present.” Gordon Thorne
Anna Dibble – Bio
Anna Dibble’s paintings have been featured in solo, group, and invitational exhibitions in museums, cultural centers, and galleries for over forty years, including the Elizabeth Wilson Museum in Manchester, Vermont; the Sarah Doyle Gallery of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; the Atrium Gallery of Bard College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; the Strathmore Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland, the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont, and the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Dibble was a freelance writer, music composer, and co-concept designer for many animated shorts on Children’s Television Workshop’s Sesame Street. She has designed and created sets for opera and theater, taught workshops in both visual art and writing in Vermont and Maine schools. In the 1980s and 90s she worked in commercial and independent animation in Los Angeles – feature films, television specials, theatrical shorts : Disney, Marvel, Hanna Barbera, Murakami-Wolf, Don Bluth.
In 2018 she designed and launched a multi-year collaborative public art/science initiative: The Gulf of Maine Ecology Arts project, which focuses on the changes in biodiversity in the Gulf due to climate change and other human impact. The central piece – a large scale sculpture installation featuring a student-built Right whale, and other marine animals made from beach debris and recycled, re-purposed materials. First venue: Bigelow Science Laboratory in Boothbay, Maine.