Anna Hepler

b. 1969

Born in Boston, Massachusetts; lives in New York City and Pelham, Massachusetts.

Most recently I have been using tape and found sheet plastic to construct balloon-like, inflatable forms that slowly deflate and flatten. With these forms I can observe transitions between two- and three-dimensional states, and revel in both. The volumes show a skeleton of seams and become, in part, sculptural diagrams or spatial drawings implying both the anatomy of an object and a flattened abstract network of lines. I am intrigued by the convergence of opposites evident in these forms - parts in relation to the whole, free-play in relation to some governing logic, fluctuation in relation to stasis. Much of my current work aims to capture these opposites without an attempt to reconcile the whole.

--Anna Hepler (2010)

Speaking of her 2004 project at Tamarind, Anna writes:

I find fleeting moments of suspended geometry euphoric. Fireworks, for example, create a momentary three-dimensional sphere of exploded light that quickly disintegrates into chaos. Dandelion whorls, thorugh rooted, form an ephemeral and perfect sphere. Flocks of birds converge in mid air to suggest passing three dimentional forms. I strive to portray the awesome fragility of these moments. [These] drawings are dense and intricate, composed of repetitive marks that coalesce into simple monolithic circular forms. I am interested in the beautiful stillness and simplicity of circles as catalysts for quiet contemplation. Often months in duration, my repetitive and labor-intensive mark making generates unpredictable and irregular form. These unexpected outcomes are exciting because they show that the process has a life of its own, yielding drawings I only partially control. The work is quiet and apparently orderly in its overall form but, on close inspection, reveals distortion and restlessness in its detail.