Anna Belle Loeb | Rabbit Years Memory Geometry

Artist’s Statement for RabbitYears

Alfalfa to Sprouts

When I walk into my studio I am really there to see what shows up.

I have learned that painting requires attentiveness---to craft, to materials, to time spent.

It requires the quiet that allows you to see the images or lines of inquiry that obsess you---to allow “the soft animal of your body to love what it loves"1—to be in your own life, to stand in your body’s response, and to let go of expectations. Its working goal is authenticity; its tools are imagination, with its sidekick energy; and its secret is stamina.

Painting is a physical art with materials you can choose but over which you have limited control. In my case no matter how I begin, very soon the paper talks back, words pour into my mind, and sometimes-inexplicable images appear. It is an interactive experience and surprises always emerge.

As a painting takes shape, it becomes its own reality, and additional marks are dictated by this reality. Animated by energy, at its best the painting becomes energy.

Some of my paintings contain recognizable images—narrative, words around which images swirl and public/political references. No matter the form, painting is a deeply personal experience. In my case life experiences flow from my youth, my children, my family, America, onto paper or canvas tacked to a wall.

1 Mary Oliver, "Wild Geese", Dream Work, Beacon Press, 1986.