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ARTIST STATEMENT

As a painter who grew up and lived for many years in the Hudson Valley, my influences are specific to the Valley’s landscape and lore. In my childhood on a farm near Poughkeepsie, the old railroad bed running through the fields was transformed into an imaginary medieval road where we would sell scallions, violets and precious stones to an imagined cast of characters. The old apple trees nearby, overgrown, formed a roof that became the thatched houses of the invisible gnomes, all no doubt inspired by a favorite tome,The Golden Book of Gnomes and Fairies. Equally exciting to the child brain, were the stories of trappers such as Roeliff Jansen, ranging far and wide along the Upper Hudson, living with a local tribe, the Wappinger, in their encampment while exploring and collecting furs. A century after Jansen, James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales thrilled with the stories of Natty Bumppo, a frontiersman involved in hair raising adventures under the canopy of old growth forest extending from the region of the Delaware Indians northward to Canada.

In my early twenties, while I worked as a docent at Mills Mansion Historic Site, I discovered that the journals of the First Europeans encountering the New World portray the Hudson Valley as a vast wilderness, an Eden populated and stewarded by the indigenous people. The history captured my imagination to the extent that I see the Valley as it is and sometimes, more intensely, as it was. 

Ten years ago I widened my imaginary world to include the Helderberg Plateau, slightly west of the Hudson River, where I now live. With a view of the Catskill Mountains, “the faery region of the Hudson,” according to 19th Century writer Washington Irving, I occupy an environment of high meadows and deep, wooded ravines sheltering many animals including deer, bear, coyote, bobcat, porcupine, and allegedly, mountain lion. Aerial views show a great territory of farms and state land stretching north for many miles. Here, one experiences an expansion of the mind wandering for long hours through this wilderness without much human intervention. Closer to the ground, in the forest nearby, there is a tall white pine that houses several porcupines and recently, mysterious large nests have begun appearing high in the hemlocks in another part of the woods. Heavy rains bring surges of brightly colored mushrooms in every shape creating a magical sense of a secretive and unknown space.

Visually, I am inspired by the Netherlandish landscape and genre painters’s depictions of Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries, especially since it coincided with Dutch settlement on the Hudson River. I have used Northern Renaissance imagery in many of my paintings, appropriating parts of Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s, The Harvest, as well as sections of the triptychs and altarpieces of Rogier van der Weyden and Matthias Grunewald. Currently, I am interested in the work of Ellen Altfest who sits for days or weeks painting a decaying tree trunk in nature and Alison Moritsugo who is limning Hudson River School style landscapes on cut logs, then arranging them as wall installations. 

I observe the woods during my daily walks and collect locations and impressions that serve as the starting point for my paintings. I then collaborate with a photographer to document subject matter from the wilderness, sometimes lighting the object or scene, and playing with different lenses and filters. This allows me to compose the painting ahead of time, and have a permanent image of the moment and feeling from which to work. The weather and light is so changeable that the photograph becomes a world I live in for the time it takes to make the painting. 

Having constructed an imaginary prelapsarian Hudson Valley in my head, the realities of industry and suburbanization’s toll are buffered for me. In part, maybe that is what my paintings are - a search for the Garden, intact, only 300 years before in the place I was born.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

       M.F.A.    2006    Studio Arts   University at Albany

       B.F.A.    1991       Surface Pattern Design   Syracuse University

 

Professional Experience

       2008-09    Youth Services Assistant - Grinnell Library Association, Wappinger Falls, New York. (Planned and oversaw teen services and events)

       2000-05    Curator of Visual Resources, University at Albany, Albany, New York. (Oversaw 90,000 slides, managed work study students, and assisted patrons)

       1998-00     Visual Resources Technician, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. (Assisted art historians with their audiovisual requirements during class time)

       1992-93     Swimwear pattern designer, Henry Glass & Co., New York, New York. (Created textile patterns for bathing suits)  

 

Teaching Experience

       2007-13    Adjunct Professor, University at Albany, Albany, New York. (Beginning and Intermediate Painting, Drawing)

       2008-11    Adjunct Professor, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York. (Two Dimensional Design)

       2006-07    Adjunct Professor, Sage Colleges, Albany, New York. (Two Dimensional Design, Color Theory)

       2005-06    Instructor of Record, University at Albany, Albany, New York. (Two Dimensional Design)

       2000-05    Curator of Visual Resources, University at Albany, Albany, New York. (Oversaw 90,000 slides, managed work study students, and assisted patrons)

 

Grants/Awards

      2006    Milton Avery Internship – Curatorial Assistant, University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany, New York

      1999    Dutchess County Arts Council Studio Residency, Poughkeepsie, New York

 

Solo Exhibitions

    2013    American Sublime, Carey Institute for Global Good, Rensselaerville, New York

    1999    Fresh Oil, Cunneen Hackett Cultural Arts Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

 

Group Exhibitions

       2017   Taconic North, LabSpace, Hillsdale, New York

       2015     Exquisite, LabSpace, Hillsdale, New York

       2015     Casheesh, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Massachussetts

       2011       After School Special, University at Albany, Albany, New York (curated by Ken Johnson) (catalogue)

       2011     Two-Person Exhibition, From the Center of Our World, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York

       2011     Vignette, The Art Center of the Capital Region, Troy, New York 

       2010    Benefit for The Front, Nurture Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

       2006    Two-Person Exhibition, New Work: Alberto Caputo/Ann Wolf, Way Out Gallery, Rensselaerville, New York

       2008    It’s Gouache and Gouache Only, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, New York

       2007    A Happening, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

       2006    M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, University at Albany, Albany, New York

       2005    Best of SUNY Show, New York State Museum, Albany, New York 

 

Bibliography

Print Media

Janairo, Michael, “Vignette Gives Intriguing Scenes at the Arts Center,” Albany

     Times Union, January 18, 2011.

http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Vignette-gives-intriguing-scenes-at- 

the-Arts-978633.php#xzz1CFZlkXrg

 

Kane, Tim, “So Much To See,” Albany Times Union, October 6, 2011.

http://albarchive.merlionone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?oneimage&oneimageid=160695577

 

Website publications

Featured artist in littlethings.com "Shine" series. http://www.littlethings.com/littlethings-shine-ann-e-wolf/

 

Curatorial Projects

 

      2014    Co-curated with Hans Soderquist, four solo artist exhibitions at The Way Out Gallery, Rensselaerville, New York. 

                        wayoutgallery.net

 

Lectures

       2011    Artist Talk/Panel Discussion, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York, October 10

 

Collections

       Charles Lindsay, Rensselaerville, New York

       Hugh Freund, New York, New York

       Sutton Hays, New York, New York

 

Technical Abilities

       Proficient in Filemaker Pro database, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, as well as copystand photography

 

Professional Memberships

       2006        College Art Association – member

       2001-05    Visual Resources Association – Secretary 2002-03