Anne Labovitz: The Lake Paintings
Lake Superior is the inspiration for this series, serving as a metaphor for fragments of intimate memories, time, shared histories and universal water. They are a meditation on life, humanity and relationships including the shared moments with my artist grandmother who had a studio on the lake. Representing a place of comfort and solace, the works offer a grounding horizon line obscured within layers of paint, text and polymer emulsion. This line expands upon the deeply personal representation of the lake and firmly establishes its connection to the world’s infinite bodies of water.
Created over the course of a year and half, each piece is comprised of over 300 layers of acrylic, polymer dispersion, Caran d’Ache, graphite and Stabilo. The unique treatment of the wide edges is deliberate; the intention is to reveal my rigorous artistic process which uses trowels, markers and pencils, but no brushes.