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Ann Kozeliski

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

I have embraced an ancient art form and through the representation of contemporary subject matter I have made it mine while respecting its traditions.

I paint people—people of the street, co-workers, children, the extravagant characters that change your day and how you look at your life—portraits of a moment, not of a person.

I neither photograph nor sketch my subjects. Rather, I go straight to painting the chi of the persons who inspired me to paint them, painting in the stark portrait style of the ancient sumi-é art form. I leave the background empty and love when I am able to form meaning with negative space. My goal is to give viewers the opportunity to read into the painting their own story. Why paint a white shirt? With successful results, viewers see the shirt in their mind’s eye. The story the image tells becomes something different every time.

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