Back to Artists

Anthony Drennen

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

I identify primarily as a painter, even though the centrifugal force of my studio practice often propels me outside the practice of painting. Since 2008 I have organized my studio practice around Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. It is considered Shakespeare’s most problematic work and is the only one of his plays not performed in his lifetime. The play’s obscurity creates unpoliced cultural bandwidth that I can occupy. For each character in the play I produce a distinct body of work, resulting in a collection of related pieces composed of separately considered parts. Timon of Athens is a corrupted text of indeterminate history, questionable sources, and a dubious relationship to the respected canon. That is to say, it mirrors my own position in the art world perfectly. In the end, the asymmetry between Shakespeare’s reputation and my own will likely remain intact. But there will come a time when Timon of Athens will be known as mine instead of his.

Other Artists You May Like