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Annegarn "Diving Bowl" – Resistance is Futile, another Other People's Art

Jun 24, 2019

What have we done now? I just recently posted adding one of Maria Annegarn's seated figures to our collection – pretty much completing a display of them. Then Tam from RiverView called and told us that she had gotten in some more Annegarn work – she always calls for this. Not just because she knows that we want an early crack at them, she gets just as excited over them as we do.

We collect other potters' work, but Annagarn's stuff is different. Each piece is a work of art – stare at it and wonder what the artist was saying, try to figure out what you see in it. The piece above is a case in point – yes, resistance was futile, we grabbed it up the day it came in. It's 12" inches across and the little diving figure can be placed anywhere on the rim (In cases like this Nan might put a small piece of double sticky tape between the figure and the rest of the piece, depending on where it is displayed). Oddly for Maria, this piece has no title – somehow in this case working in its favor. We have no idea what to think of it – but we love it (Nan especially – she named it "Diving Bowl" just so we know how to refer to it). 

Is there more Annegarn work in RiverView? Definitely – and some great stuff too. We collect a lot of pottery, but only hers make us smile and stare at them like we would a painting or sculpture, looking for meaning, when we see them. That's art. Get thee to the Gallery and see…

Come into our house and you will assume that there are a few artists that we simply must be related to or something – not true. While I love, feel compelled to do, whatever, my B&W photography, and Nan is right there with her painting, we also share a real appreciation for what I call "other people's art". This appreciation leads to probably far too many purchases – sometimes leaning to the expensive side. Over the years we have accumulated far more pieces than we can display at any one time. Except in Nan's studio, we hang very few of our own pieces.

One of the first things we learned was to NOT decide to get an artist's lesser piece because the one we want is too expensive – we simply lay it away (and eat out less for a while). Also, we learned to rethink pieces – to see if our appreciation grows or lessens. Sort of how we should make any purchase actually.

A couple of times we've found ourselves collecting an artist's work without realizing it – without even knowing them. Again, resistance is futile. We are trying to curb our appreciation for pottery right now though – heck, if we have to find a place to put one more piece, we might have to consider giving stuff away to make room.

As far as two-dimensional art – while we have quite a collection there too, we haven't found anything we simply have to have for a while now – the fact that the walls are full is hardly a deterrent. We're always looking, often tempted, but then finding the piece in question failing to grow on us. Not sure what the problem is, whether we're just getting pickier or what. There are a couple of local artists who we've been watching for a while though, waiting for just the right work.

We're always confused as to why so few other artists we know, some really fine artists, have our problem. It seems that a real appreciation for art is a totally seperate thing from actually being a talented artist. Interesting dynamic that. 

PRIDE DAY IN HAVRE DE GRACE:

I was asked about images – I'm working up a few for a posting in a couple of days… B&W images differ from color exposures in that there is still much work to be done at that point.