Artist's Website: http://www.anarendich.com
I have always been connected to the invisible and visible aspects of human drama, the particular and the universal. My art is assembled from different elements. Even although my paintings and sculptures are my own work and are tied to me, they are not intended to be about me. The subject matter is greater than me as an individual.
My studio is like a lab, where space, form and meaning intertwine, shaping and filling my artworks.
I have been exploring the Japanese concept MA, it is a concept embedded on all our aspects in our life. Our relationship with our space, internal and external and how we relate with one to another one. Also, the interpretation of time and space, pauses and silences, the emptiness in a space, full of possibilities. From this concept MA is the skeleton of my works, where my art starts.
There is always a constant connection and dialogue with my works. I follow a state of mind- motion that wakes up what was in me in a dormant stage, and creates a sense- Presence.
These sculptures, mixed media and paintings emerge from a thought, an infinite path with no endpoint, where resolution is impossible. Hope in the light of loss, and displacement is my primary subject.
The works are fragments of what has been lost, negated, and postponed. Their structures are a form of reparation, a healing tool, tying together absences and presences, sometimes in a meditative form.
In some of my sculptures, I incorporate resin, because of its reflective or opaque property, but I transformed it, leaving my own fingerprints, and colors are mainly a toll that reveals presence.
In certain works, the observer can see the ghostly effect generated by the reflection created by the mixed media rendered with vagueness, illustrating the transient and mercurial nature of reality.
When I work, I find the colors as I go along. Upon seeing my art, many find that the colors draw their attention before anything else. The story behind these colors is born by the interplay between these colors. It is not color itself that matters most to me. Rather, the color is secondary, the whole composition makes the work… Colors and shapes are not separated elements, both are an essential symbiosis. When I make an artwork that contains individual pieces, it is always thinking that each piece must belong to the next artwork, creating a work, where all the pieces share the same space, the togetherness, is what makes the work. I don’t plan ahead shapes and colors it comes up in the making.
My work has been evolving and changing every year, incorporating new mediums and materials. Also, sculpture and mixed media has helped me to extend, it gave the chance to explore pieces rooted in the human condition, past and present social and historic events. The base of my art is bringing presence through absence. There are different types of absences: not only physical absence, but also the lack of the fabric that could make us better human beings. All these have created the need to incorporate other elements, according with the sensibility of each piece, like the use or wood, fabric, metal, letters from WWII, old tools, yarn and paper, besides oil, silicone, etc. I enjoy immensely the closeness with my materials, that intimacy…the tactile and physical connection too. It takes time to find materials that work with the guiding nature of my process. For example, I often visit lumberyards and I seldom find something that interest me. Also, getting the letters from WWII has been a long road, it almost took me two years until I started to work with…the same with the materials from Worker’s Corner…
The relationship between space and the artwork is essential for me. Every piece has a reason to be in that specific space. And the mediums are external elements that must belong in that space. Even a simple kind of flower, on the sculptures or mixed media have a reason to be, the shortness of life, time and changes, in humans or in Nature
Sculpture and mixed media allow me to expand and enjoy different mediums. I found that both aid to create a deep connection with space, form and meaning, leaving all decorative items aside, and help me to concentrate more in exploration, questioning and contemplation.
I see the reflections, materials and surfaces as healing presences, making the invisible visible, filling that void of annihilation.