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by Mary Louise Schumacher
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  Gallery Exhibition
Anne Kingsbury: Repetition and Discipline

Exhibition
February 4 - March 15, 2007
Opening Reception—February 4, 2pm

Presented by Woodland Pattern and The Peltz Gallery

I have always been a listmaker—it helps with what needs to be done. For me, the successful has physical results. In the mid-1970s, I began to keep journals that recorded daily activities in a list form, aided by the use of a kitchen timer. Not a series of to-dos or a record of exciting events, these are a testament of ordinary things—the small repetitious things that form our daily lives. Started as a documentation of ideas and their carry through, the pages have become objects that stand in their own right. With the lists I found the shape of a day, a week, a month.

For many years I have used traditional female objects as my forms of expression: dolls, potholders, quilts— and though I work from drawings (many in the ever ongoing journal of lists) each piece must evolve during construction. The work is hand sewn and that is essential because hand work enforces an organic growth of the piece through the time necessary for completion. I hope to be always present in all my work—to deal with both work and life with a full and open attention to details. - AEK

Anne Kingsbury has been a lifelong artist and has acted as Executive Director for Woodland Pattern Book Center since 1979. Kingsburys work in mixed media has been featured in many publications. Two with major color photographs are Art to Wear by Julie S. Dale (1986, Abbeville Press) and The Art Quilt, Robert Shaw (1998, Hugh Lauter Levin Association). She has participated in over sixty major exhibitions. An artist book, Journal Entries 1977-1984, My Life Through Lists, was published in 1986 as a collaboration with Chax Press. The April/May, 1995 issue of American Craft magazine contained a feature section devoted to her work and she was included in the 2004 Featured Artist Section of Bead and Button Magazine. She is currently attempting to bead an entire deerskin with journal entries starting with 1979.

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